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BACKGROUND....

The Whitten family (long term owners of the Robin Hood hotel) have lodged a Planning Proposal with Waverley Council to revitalise the Charing Cross retail precinct.

The proposal centres on an infill redevelopment of the Robin Hood Hotel bottleshop as well as the rear adjoining site into a vibrant active laneway and retail precinct.

The existing Heritage listed Robin Hood Hotel and garages on Carrington Rd are not included in the Planning Proposal.

 

VISION

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VALUES

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Values 

Local residents like the CONVENIENCE of Charing
Cross; a place that is easily accessible, caters to everyday needs,
and close to the beach without the crowds of Bronte.

Charing Cross is a place tailored to the local community. It has a
distinct VILLAGE VIBE that is attributed to its fine
grain built form and unique sense of place.

Residents recognise and appreciate the IDENTITY and
character of Charing Cross due to a number of iconic buildings, including the Robin Hood Hotel.

Charing Cross is known for its BOUTIQUE and gourmet
shops that are independently owned and unique.

 

The Site 

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The Site

The total site area is 1229 m2.

The development comprises of: 

  • 3 Buildings 
    • Building 1 - 1 Storey Retail + 4 Storey Residential + Penthouse
    • Building 2 - 1 Storey Retail + 5 Storey Residential + Penthouse
    • Building 3 - 1 Storey Retail + 1 Storey Commercial
  • 29 Apartments (17 X 1 bedroom, 10 X 2 bedroom and 2 X 3 bedroom)
  • 744 m2 Retail
  • 524 m2 Commercial
  • Approximately 37% or 450 m2 of the site is to remain open as Charing Square
  • 31 Car spots

    Location

    223-227 Bronte Rd

    203-209 Bronte Rd

    94 Carrington Rd

    Waverley NSW 2024

    A sustainable place

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    A SUSTAINABLE PLACE

    The building design will include the latest energy efficiency technologies, including solar, water harvesting and re-cycling. 

     

    the process

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    The Process

    In June 2018, a Planning Proposal was lodged with Waverley Council for 'Charing Square'. 

    The above flow chart outlines the steps in the submission and consultation process. The planning proposal process is expected to take 12-18 months. 

    Community Engagement 

    The owners are strongly committed to community consultation through all stages of the project.

     

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

    1.     What is the Charing Square proposal about

    The Whitten Family (long-term owners of the Robin Hood Hotel) have lodged a Planning Proposal to facilitate a future infill redevelopment in Charing Cross. The family is a proud and long standing business owner (over 40 years) in the local community and respects the history and architectural significance of Charing Cross and the Robin Hood Hotel

    The proposal, known as ‘Charing Square’, is supported by a Master Plan that provides an opportunity to create a vibrant, active and pedestrian friendly laneway, plaza and retail precinct, together with 29 residential apartments and underground parking.  Precinct features include public art, greenery and a range of sustainability initiatives.

    2.     What land is included in the submission to Council – The Site?

    The site covers 1229 sqm of land incorporating the Robin Hood Hotel bottleshop on Carrington Road, along with an adjoining site on Bronte Road including 3 shops and 6 derelict apartments. It doesn’t include the Robin Hood Hotel.

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    3.     WHAT'S BEING PROPOSED?

    The proposal for Charing Square aims to re-invigorate Charing Cross Village and create a vibrant community hub that delivers a great place for locals and an alternative to Bondi, Coogee or the Spot in Randwick. Charing Square will complement existing retail businesses in Charing Cross.

    The proposal centres on a future infill redevelopment and is supported by a Master Plan that provides an opportunity to create a vibrant, active and pedestrian friendly laneway, plaza and retail precinct, together with 29 residential apartments and underground parking. This includes: 

    • 3 Buildings 
      • Building 1 - 1 Storey Retail + 4 Storey Residential + Penthouse
      • Building 2 - 1 Storey Retail + 5 Storey Residential + Penthouse
      • Building 3 - 1 Storey Retail + 1 Storey Commercial
    • 29 Apartments (17 X 1 bedroom, 10 X 2 bedroom and 2 X 3 bedroom)
    • 744 m2 Retail. Note - The mix of retail shops including their sizes and offers will be determined at a later stage.  
    • 524 m2 Commercial. 
    • Approximately 37% or 450 m2 of the site is to remain open as Charing Square
    • 31 underground car spaces, primarily for owners of the two and three bedroom apartments (to be confirmed)
    • Other features include public art, greenery and a range of sustainability initiatives

    4.    HOW HIGH ARE THE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS?

    The requested maximum height in the submission to Council is 24m. Due to the design of the laneway and building footprint, the maximum height will be only be utilised in Building 2 and set back from the street.  With a small and skinny building footprint, Building 2 does retain the fine-grain subdivision pattern of buildings along Bronte Road.  Comparable precedents exist throughout Sydney’s Inner City and Eastern Suburbs. 


    5.    WHY IS THE PROPOSED HEIGHT ABOVE COUNCIL’S CURRENT PLANNING CONTROLS? 

    Put simply, the unique position and the consolidated land ownership offers a once in a life time opportunity to create a great place, ‘Charing Square’. 

    Charing Square and its laneway concept devote over 450m2 of the site (37%) to open space, providing local residents with a community hub and meeting place in their local area. In achieving this public benefit, the large site area is divided into three smaller development parcels accommodating a diversity of fine-grain building types consistent with the area’s local character.  

    Creating a local ‘great place’ would encourage local residents to stay local rather than seeking out alternate destinations such as Bondi Junction, Coogee and the Spot at Randwick.

    The scale of the three small buildings have no resemblance to the extra-large podium and tower development occurring in Bondi Junction.


    6.    WHAT HAS BEEN LODGED WITH COUNCIL?

    • A Planning Proposal has been lodged with Council requesting a change in the current planning controls. This proposal is not a Development Application. This type of proposal is known as a ‘spot re-zoning’ request
    • The Planning Proposal seeks to alter the height controls of the site from 9m to 24m and the Floor Space Ratio (FSR) from 1:1 to 2.85:1
    • The Planning Proposal submission to Council includes the following documents & reports:
      • Planning Proposal submission (Town Planners)
      • Outline of the Charing Square development concept including urban impact assessment and community benefits (Urban Design consultancy)
      • Model of the scheme (Urban Designer/Architect)
      • Communications and Engagement plan (Communications consultancy)
      • Economic assessment (Urban Economist)
      • Heritage assessment (Heritage Architect)
      • Structural assessment and inspection report (Engineer)
      • Traffic assessment (Traffic consultancy)
      • Phase 1 Environmental assessment (Environment consultancy)
      • Geotech assessment (Geotech consultancy)

    7.    DOES THIS SET A PRECEDENT FOR THE AREA?

    No. The corner position of the site, tucked in behind the Robin Hood Hotel and significant land ownership is unique in the area. The proposed design and unique location will not set a precedent for the area.


    8.    WHAT ABOUT THE HERITAGE OF CHARING CROSS?

    A heritage assessment of the proposed Master plan has been undertaken by an accredited Heritage Architect. This report has been included in the submission to Council. The Architect notes that the retention of the decaying building facade on Bronte Rd is not heritage and is not necessary as long as the future design is sympathetic to the streetscape.


    9.    WHAT ABOUT OUR NEIGHBOURS? 

    The Whitten family are committed to being good neighbours. The owners of the Robin Hood Hotel have engaged and will continue to engage with the Eastern Suburbs Legion Club and the local community. The Legion Club is not included in the proposal. 


    10.    WHAT ABOUT THE CURRENT BUILDINGS?

    The building located at 223-227 Bronte Rd and 94 Carrington Road was not properly maintained by the previous owners. Engineers have inspected and continue to inspect the building. It has been recommended that the building be demolished due to its age and its current issues. 

    The Robin Hood Hotel bottleshop on Carrington Road has no heritage significance or architectural merit.


    11.    WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE EXISTING ROBIN HOOD HOTEL?

    • The Robin Hood Hotel is heritage listed and is not included in the submission to Council.
    • A separate Development Application approval was granted some time ago to renovate the internal area of the hotel. A timeline for revitalising the existing Robin Hood Hotel is yet to be determined.

    12.    WILL MY FAVOURITE BOTTLESHOP DISAPPEAR?

    The bottleshop site attached to the Robin Hood Hotel is included in the new proposal for Charing Square. The current vehicle access and parking will be replaced with retail stores. It is envisaged that a fine beer and wine retail store is included as part of the new retail offer.


    13.    WHAT ABOUT PARKING?

    • A comprehensive transport impact assessment has been undertaken by an accredited specialist and is part of the submission to Council.
    • At the moment there is the equivalent of 7 car spaces dedicated to driveway crossovers on Carrington Rd, including the Robin Hood Hotel bottleshop and 94 Carrington Rd sites. The proposal is for only two vehicle crossovers. This will facilitate the return of approximately 5 parking spots back to the street. It is proposed that these parking spaces are limited to 30 minutes.
    • Charing Square is designed to be a place for locals to enjoy. Local residents will be encouraged to walk. Bicycle racks, share parking and disabled spots are also included as part of the overall design

    14.    WHAT ABOUT TRAFFIC TO AND FROM THE SITE?

    • A comprehensive transport impact assessment has been undertaken by an accredited specialist and is part of the submission to Council
    • Due to the removal of the drive through bottleshop, the number of car movements in and out of the site will be greatly reduced
    • The reduction of car movements in and out of the site is likely to have a positive impact on pedestrian safety 

    15.    WHAT ABOUT TRAFFIC IN THE LOCAL AREA?

    • The transport impact assessment notes that the site is well serviced by major bus routes, a cycling network and its proximity to Bondi Junction
    • The transport impact assessment recommends the provision of bicycle spaces, accessible parking spaces and car share spaces
    • The transport impact assessment recommends the development of a ‘green travel plan’ as a next step
    • The transport impact assessment conclusion includes the following:
      • “The proposed development would result in a significant reduction to traffic generated on Friday and Saturday evenings, improving the amenity of the area during those times. The traffic generated by the proposed development would have a minimal increase in the AM peak period and no additional increase is expected in the typical weekday PM peak period”
      • “The additional traffic generated by the proposed development in the AM peak period is not expected to compromise the safety or function of the surrounding road network.”
      • “The proposed access arrangements will consolidate the existing four driveways to one access point on Carrington Road, this will improve road safety by reducing the number of conflict points.”

    16.    WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?

    • The Planning Proposal process takes approximately 12-18 months
    • Subject to approval of the Planning Proposal, a Development Application would need developed and lodged for consideration by Waverley Council. In all likelihood, the Development Application process would take an additional 12-18 months. 

    17.    WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR A PLANNING PROPOSAL?

     

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    18.    HOW CAN I HAVE MY SAY?

    The submission of the Planning Proposal is just the first step in a long planning process. Subject to consideration by Council, a decision on the future of the site would be subject to public consultation and a formal exhibition period to enable the community to make a submission


    19.    WHERE CAN I OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION?

    This website www.charingsquare.com.au has been developed to provide information about the Proposal.  You can ask questions and find out more information by sending an email to information@charingsquare.com.au.

    This web site will be periodically updated as the submission progresses or as a result of community information requests. 


     
     

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