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Departmental Media Release

Independent decision for changes to indoor construction hours at Central Park

  • Date: 19.07.2016
  • Type: Departmental Media Release
  • Author: Department of Planning and Environment

The independent Planning Assessment Commission will make the final decision on a modification request to change working hours at Central Park’s Block 8 in Chippendale.

 

Block 8 is located on the corner of Abercrombie Street and O’Connor Street and is next to the Chippendale Green.

 

An application to build a 13 storey building with homes, shops and a rooftop terrace was approved by the independent Commission in November 2014.

 

The current hours of construction allowed on the site are from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday to Friday and 7:00 am to 5: 00 pm on Saturday.

 

The Department of Planning and Environment has recommended approval of the proposal to allow after hours building and fitout works to be completed inside of the building 24 hours a day on weekdays and from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm on weekends.

 

After hours works can only be done inside of the building and will enable the building to be completed three months earlier, reducing the overall impact on neighbouring residents.

 

The current lighting levels, hours of deliveries and vehicle movements on site will not change and would still occur during the normal allowed construction hours.

 

Neighbours in the area were notified of the proposal and the application was available on the Departments website for community feedback in May this year.

 

The Department received one submission from City of Sydney Council and 17 submissions from the public.

 

Key issues raised in public submissions included construction noise and access noise of workers entering and leaving the site.

 

A Noise Impact Assessment showed that expected noise would not be greater than existing background noise levels.

 

However, in response to issues raised by the community strict noise conditions are in place including limiting working hours on the weekends, ensuring workers only access the site from one location and do not take breaks in areas outside of the building, setting strict noise limits and that relevant council and Australian standards are met.

 

In addition, a 24 hour contact number would be available for any enquiries or noise complaints to ensure any issues are acted on quickly.

 

“The Planning Assessment Commission is an important part of the NSW planning system, ensuring major developments are subject to expert, independent review and assessment,” a spokesperson for the Department said.

 

“The Commission will now consider the Department’s report and recommended conditions as well as community submissions to make a final decision on the proposal.”


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