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A landscaped outdoor terrace has replaced the proposed three-storey building in an amended application to restore the iconic Campbell’s Stores site in The Rocks following community feedback.


Tallalowdah’s application to restore the historic storehouses that were originally constructed in the 1800s was assessed by the Department of Planning and Environment and referred to the independent Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) for final decision.




Anthea Sargeant, Executive Director, Key Sites and Industry Assessments, said the original proposal raised many concerns during the public exhibition period in late 2015 and last year.


“After receiving more than 100 submissions objecting to the proposed building, we sought independent expert heritage and design advice,” Ms Sargeant said.


“It was found that this building was not compatible with the heritage and surrounding buildings at the site and shouldn’t be included.”




Located within The Rocks historic precinct, the restoration of Campbell’s Stores would revitalise a significant heritage site in an iconic tourist area on Sydney’s harbour foreshore.


“Works to the site include internal and external changes, including removing temporary structures like the existing awnings, as well as landscaping and creating more public space. These works would make it easier to move in and around the site and would allow the public to be able to use and appreciate this historical icon,” she said.




Development works would also generate around $30 million during construction and create more than 350 jobs, including 200 construction jobs and 165 jobs once operational.


“If the PAC approves this application, it would enable this site to be used in future for restaurants, bars and cafes. However, development applications would still need to be lodged with the council for the new venues to actually open.”


The PAC will now determine the proposal.



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