The NSW Government is investigating future opportunities for 36 – 50 Cumberland Street, The Rocks (Sirius site).
The Department of Planning and Environment (the Department) has prepared zoning, height and Gross Floor Area controls to the site in advance of a sale process by landowner Property NSW.
The proposal aims to change the planning controls prior to the sale of the site to ensure that appropriate provisions are in place to guide any future redevelopment of the site. The proceeds of the sale would be used to provide new purpose built social housing.
The amended planning controls would improve views by reducing height limits for any new building on the site. Views to and from the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge would be enhanced because the maximum building height of any new building would be restricted to the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge deck. The Sirius building could also be kept in its current form, if that’s what the new owners choose to do.
The Department of Planning and Environment has prepared a draft State Significant Precinct State Environmental Planning Policy (SSP SEPP) to apply the following planning controls to the site:
*Mixed use zoning to allow a range of uses including residential, commercial and retail.
*Maximum building heights across the site to ensure that any future building is below the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge deck.
*Maximum gross floor area of 8,420m2.
*Maximum car parking requirement of 0.5 spaces per residential dwelling and no parking provision for any commercial development.
*A design excellence clause to deliver the highest standard of architecture, urban and landscape design.
*Activated street frontage along the property’s Cumberland Street boundary, which could include uses such as commercial, retail and community facilities.
*The option for the new owner to retain the existing building with adaptive reuse.
The Department is inviting feedback on the draft SSP SEPP until 16 February 2018.