Redevelopment of Cambridge Inn Hotel, Surry Hills Development Application D/2016/1177

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The owners of the Cambridge Inn hotel in Surry Hills have submitted a development application with the City of Sydney to demolish the 4-storey building on the rear of the block at 208-218 Riley Street, Surry Hills (effectively on Lower Campbell Street) and replace it with a 15-storey tower containing 120 rooms, pool and a bar.

As the proposal is for a hotel, it is not subject to the New South Wales Apartment Design Guide which would normally stipulate a minimum separation of 24m between a building of this size and neighbouring buildings.  The application seeks to place the new tower as close as 8.6m from 265-271 Crown Street and will cause significant shadowing on the property at 277-285 Crown Street. Furthermore it will severely diminish the privacy of all neighbouring apartments, introduce additional noise and street-level congestion, as well as set a dangerous precedent for developments that wish to exceed the defined development controls within the City of Sydney.

The site usage and limits were set in the 1970's -- a time when there was significantly less residential density in the Surry Hills area -- and the proposal should be deemed incompatible with the modern-day neighbourhood.

This petition implores the City of Sydney Council to uphold the best-practises relating to apartment living, uphold residents' rights to solar access, protect the privacy of existing properties, sustain the amenity of the area and to preserve its goals of keeping Sydney a truly liveable city by rejecting the development proposal.