Despite significant community opposition, a large new development proposed in Bondi Junction looks set to result in huge towers which will significantly overshadow iconic Centennial Park and Oxford Street.

The redevelopment of land at the corner of Oxford Street, York Road and Syd Einfeld Drive, would increase the maximum building height from 15m (four storeys) to 36m (11 storeys); increase the floor space ratio from 1.5:1 to 3.5:1; and remove the local heritage listing of four terrace houses.

The local community has raised concerns about the proposed development since 2015 with over 400 public objections lodged. Despite this the Department of Planning has fast tracked the development for approval.

Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“It is outrageous that this huge redevelopment which overshadows Centennial Park should be taken out of the council’s hands and fast tracked for approval by the coalition government.”

“This Government and NSW Planning continue to prop up developers at the expense of local communities. It no longer matters that 400 locals object, it’s all about more and more development.

“It is absolutely unacceptable the planning of state significant development is so rigged that councils are forced to shift their focus from the merits of a development to how much the developer should contribute in a VPA.

“If the NSW planning system is to regain credibility it is vital that local communities can trust that it will fairly assess the merit of development proposal and uphold the law.

“Despite promises to return planning powers to the community the coalition government has failed to provide the public with a real role in the assessment process.

“We need to stop allowing developers to re-write the rules and get a planning system focused on ensuring that developers comply with the law and pay the full costs of their development.” Mr Shoebridge said.