The Local Planning Panel determined the most recent Development Application on Tuesday 5 March 2019. The minutes of the meeting are available on Council’s website .
aware that some members of the community have raised questions about the
current Rosenthal Project Development Application. It may be of assistance that
Council clarifies areas of interest within the application to ensure the
community have access to consistent information.
amount of retail space increased?
No. As part
of the Design Ideas Competition back in 2014, Council made provision for the
designs to include 1,000m2 of above-ground retail space. The original Concept
Plan Development Application also allowed for 1,000m2. The current Development
Application provides for 829m2 of retail space, inclusive of waste rooms to
service the retail and surrounding areas which were not part of the original
1,000m2 of space. There is therefore a 17% reduction in overall retail space
and we have been able to ensure waste amenities are included.
the laneway connections work? What has changed for the Atrium Arcade?
will provide an accessible, shared-zone laneway with dual frontage options for
the new tenancies to assist with activating the laneway. The original Design
Ideas Competition Outcome required various stairs between the laneway and the
Park, effectively making them separate spaces. The original concept DA brought
the laneway and park closer to the same levels, and envisaged a pedestrian
connection between the laneway and park opposite each existing arcade without
stairs. In the current DA the connection route opposite the Atrium Arcade has
been deleted. The reason for the change is two-fold. Council’s intention is to
provide medium to large retail spaces to support the intended restaurant
tenancies. Through refining the design process it became apparent that the
connection to this arcade would have resulted in two small tenancies that would
be suitable only for café-style retail which would compete with the existing
supply in Lane Cove. The second reason for the change as shown in the pictures
below, is that the Atrium Arcade is clearly visible when exiting from the supermarket
level escalators. The pedestrian desire line to access the Atrium Arcade
will be to cross the laneway on a 45 degree angle, which is the shortest
possible distance to the Arcade. Pedestrian would simply not utilise the
original link proposed. It should be noted direct links are maintained to
the other three arcades.
view from exiting escalators toward the Atrium Arcade providing the most direct
pedestrian route to reach the arcade entry (depicted as the blue windows/doors to the right)
view from exiting Lift toward the Atrium Arcade providing the most direct
pedestrian route to reach the arcade entry (depicted beyond the doors of the escalator as mirrored in the first figure)
side red arrow shows earlier/original location of pedestrian link through to directly in front of
Atrium Arcade vs the current pedestrian link via the escalator
new retail tenancies trade onto Birdwood Lane?
New laneway tenancies 1,3 and 5 will be able to trade on to
the laneway, which will be activated by glass shop fronts and pedestrian
linkages. This will create visual interest and providing direct interface with
existing retail tenancies. Furthermore, Council has committed to repave
Birdwood Lane from the frontage of the new tenancies to the existing
developments located on the opposite side of Birdwood Lane. This will improve
laneway amenity and enhance the pedestrian experience.
Left image: View down Birdwood Lane to the left Right image: Artists' impression of dual frontage retail opportunities
happened to the trees in Birdwood Lane shown in the design from the Design Ideas Competition back in 2014?
Unfortunately there are gas and
stormwater services underneath the surface in the laneways, together with major
high voltage electrical mains. These service all of Lane Cove Village, to the
extent that there was no opportunity for deep soil planting for significant
trees. As a result Council has had to remove that element of the original
vision. The overall
project will include more trees than within the original Rosenthal Avenue Car
Park, there will however not be any in-ground planting on the laneway itself. Tenancies will be
encouraged to include plants as part of their fit-out.
there less space on the village green?
village green in the original Design Ideas Competition was approximately 1,344m2. The shape has changed slightly and
actually increased to 1,396m2. The
playground area on the western side of the Project has also increased in size
and there continues to be the same amount of space for BBQ/informal gatherings
at the northern end.
For the latest information on the project visit www.rosenthalproject.com.au