Sydney-based developer Dunnet Properties have submitted a revised design proposal for a mixed-use development over two residential towers after receiving varied feedback from the Western Sydney Joint Planning Panel.
Located at 44-48 Oxford Street, Epping -- 22km north-west of Sydney's CBD -- the revised development proposal comprises 200 apartments across a 15-storey tower and 17-storey tower. The development will provide approximately 1,683sq m of retail and a supermarket on the upper-ground level. Both towers exceed current height controls, which the proposal justifies as a strategy to counteract the population growth of Epping increasing by 48.75 per cent in 2036.
Dunnet submitted their initial proposal for the Epping development in June 2016 but had to revert back to the drawing board to revise a series of compliance concerns addressed in an on-site meeting with the Sydney West Joint Regional Planning Panel in late October 2016.
The panel voiced concerns that the proposal needed to accomplish a list of criteria before it could be considered, like justifying substantial height exceedance, retaining heritage elements and the design and presentation of the façade fronting Oxford Street.
Architects Nettleton Tribe designed both the initial and the revised submissions for Dunnet Properties. The developer successfully submitted the updated design to the City of Parramatta earlier this month.
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In addressing the advice of the planning panel and amending the design, architects Nettleton Tribe created an aspect of the development they refer to as the "hidden forest".
Located on the ground plane, the forest is proposed to be a landscaped separation between the two towers, featuring tall, slender trees punctuated by paved “clearings” with seating and other outdoor furniture.
The updated proposal has not reconsidered plans to demolish the heritage-listed cottage, although the existing mature melaleucas trees are to be "retained and celebrated" in the proposed design.
Earlier this year, Cbus Property received approval for a triple tower development at 12-22 Langston Place, Epping.
The Oxford Street project -- which is estimated to cost around $66 million -- is currently awaiting determination by the Sydney West Joint Regional Planning Panel.