It was revealed at the public meeting on Chippendale's Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) site this week that Fosters, the site owner, has prepared a "Scoping Paper" as the basis for redevelopment and new planning controls on the site.[ CLOVER'S eNEWS - Friday 18 August 2006 - No. 310]

Department of Planning representatives also told the meeting that Fosters would submit a Concept Plan, which the Department would assess—although there were no publicly available criteria for that assessment.

This seems to be the future of planning in NSW—public process overturned in favour of developers' direct access to the Minister for Planning. While the public may comment, the Minister is not required to take concerns into account and there is no recourse for appeal.

This week's CUB meeting was organised by the "Expert Advisory Panel" established by the Minister after he took over planning control for the site on 21 June. The City was not invited and local residents tell me that they received very late notification or no notification at all.

The process adopted outraged local residents, City staff and Councillors who attended this single public meeting arranged by the State Government for the site.

Meeting participants agree that the consultation was tokenistic, important material was only presented briefly on screen, and the proposal presented by the Panel's Chair, Chris Johnson of the Department of Planning, was based on material from Fosters. However, the important Scoping Paper was not presented to the meeting and requests to discuss it were refused.

Fosters' Scoping Paper proposes 260,000 square metres of floor space (a density of around 4.5:1), comprising 1800 apartments, 97,000 square metres of commercial space and 12,000 square of retail space. 

By comparison, City consultants determined that a floor space ratio of 4:1 was at the absolute maximum end of acceptable density, contingent on public benefits and design excellence. The floor space proposed by Fosters for CUB is 80 per cent of the amount proposed for East Darling Harbour, which has a site area four times larger.

The Scoping Paper also proposes removal of up to five buildings with heritage significance, destroying the distinctive heritage precinct proposed by Council and the Central Sydney Planing Committee (CSPC) to give the redevelopment real interest and character, consistent with the social and industrial significance of the site.

Foster's Paper also involves retention of the 250 space car park on the site and a single parcel of park area of 5,000 square metres maximum, including area owned by Council. Diagrams presented to the public meeting showed no morning sun for the park, which was an important element of the draft planning controls endorsed by Council and the CSPC.

The diagrams presented at the meeting also indicated Foster's were proposing a development of greater bulk and height than envisaged in the draft planning controls endorsed by Council and the CSPC, indicating the Minister's process will ignore the comprehensive research and consultation undertaken by the City over the past two years.

I encourage you to contact the Minister for Planning and the


* The Scoping Paper is available at

* The Hon. Morris Iemma MP, Premier, Level 40 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 9228 5239, fax 9228 3934, email .

* The Hon. Frank Ernest Sartor MP, Minister for Planning and Minister for Redfern Waterloo, Level 34 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000, phone 9228 4700, fax 9228 4711, email