Eastern Suburbs Sydney
Paul Pearce slams the secrecy of Coogee Bay Hotel developers
Coogee Rally Crowd
The Member of Coogee, Paul Pearce, has described the website for the Coogee Bay Hotel development as a “joke”. Oakstand, partners with C.Inc Hospitality (Cheung Group) who own the Coogee Bay Hotel, have released a public consultation website with mainly text based information on their plans for a residential, commercial, retail and entertainment precinct on the beachfront site.
Pearce believes the website treats the community with contempt.
“The web site, launched with fanfare in the local press, disguises and hides more than it reveals. There is not one diagram illustrating the alternatives that they have put before the Department of Planning. These diagrams exist and the developer should have the guts to release to the court of public opinion, ” said Paul Pearce today.
Paul Pearce has asked the Oakstand and C.Inc to release the plans to the public and Randwick City Council recently approved a motion to formally ask the developer release the Coogee Bay Hotel redevelopment plans. All requests for public disclosure have been refused. Oakstand has previously said that it will only release plans once the Department of Planning declares their proposal a “Major Project” thereby confirming that the application would be dealt with by the NSW Government, not Randwick City Council.
Pearce and other locals believe that the developers for the Coogee Bay Hotel are withholding plans from the public because “ they know that the public will be outraged by the proposals.”
“I'll tell the public what the developers won't. Option 1 has a 15 storey tower as its centre piece. The Department of Planning told the developers that it was unacceptable. So they have come back with two alternatives. Both grossly exceed the prevailing height and density controls in Coogee. Both have a collection of buildings of up to 8 and 9 storeys in height. Both have up to 8 storeys in height stretching down Coogee Bay Rd. The major difference is that alternative B demolishes- that's right demolishes- the heritage buildings on the site. The lack of sensitivity to the community in Coogee is breathtaking,” said the Member for Coogee.
Pearce went on to comment on the emphasis placed by Oakstand on a reduction in licensed area in the development proposals.
Pearce said “there is nothing in their alternatives A or B that will actually ensure that another pub won't be opened elsewhere on the site. Indeed by their own admission areas with a liquor license would remain.”
The Shadow Minister for Planning recently told residents at a public meeting that Paul Pearce should ensure the Minister for Planning rejected the application for this development proposal to be determined by the Department of Planning. Hazzard argued that the Minster for Planning has this power and should be exercising it in this instance as the site was in his view, a local issue, not a regional one.
Pearce argues a compromise position, saying “The Department of Planning should tell the developers to either put in a concept plan that generally complies with the Randwick LEP, including retention of the heritage buildings, or go away.”
A spokesperson from Oakstand declined to comment on the Oakstand’s, TheVillage,Coogee website.
To view the developers website for the Coogee Bay Hotel redevelopment proposal go to http://thevillagecoogee.com.au/
Three options for Coogee Bay Hotel, a clever strategy to have locals choose
Save Coogee Village rally gives high-rise development the thumbs down
For all Eastern Suburbs Breaking News Follow Streetcorner East on Twitter @StreetcornerE or go to