Your say on options for taller buildings facing Taylor Square

Taller, well-designed buildings that protect heritage and enclose the space could elevate Taylor Square as a significant destination and provide more space for cultural and creative activity.

Project Status: Open for feedback

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Julie Prentice

Specialist Planner, Strategic Planning & Urban Design

phone number
02 9265 9333
email address
[email protected]

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Why we’re doing this

In 2020 we consulted our communities on ways to revitalise Oxford Street while recognising its cultural and community significance.

Our communities identified Taylor Square as a landmark and place of significance for LGBTIQ communities. They told us Taylor Square is a special place that is underused and could become the heart of the Oxford Street cultural and creative precinct. 

One approach to elevating Taylor Square as a significant destination and activated public space is to change the planning controls to allow for an increased height of buildings facing the square. Taller, well-designed buildings could better visually and physically enclose the space. Taller contemporary buildings could provide character and architectural features that are points of reference and interest.

A better-defined space with more floor space for cultural and creative activity could redefine Taylor Square as a vibrant landmark at the heart of the Oxford Street precinct.

The proposed planning controls for the Oxford Street cultural and creative precinct allow for 2 and 4 storey increases in height, if 10% of the total floor space is for a cultural or creative activity. The rest of the space would be for commercial, health, education, entertainment, community or light industry use.

Increasing the height of buildings facing Taylor Square above the heights in the planning proposal would increase the amount of new cultural and creative space, helping to activate Taylor Square.

What we’re doing

We’re seeking feedback on whether the planning controls for the height of the buildings facing Taylor Square should be taller than the 2 and 4 storey options in the planning proposal for the broader Oxford Street cultural and creative precinct.

The height of buildings would be limited to match the height of nearby heritage apartment buildings, Belgenny and Claridges. Planning controls would protect the existing heritage fabric, features and structural integrity, and require a high standard of design for additions and new buildings. If the new planning controls are adopted, a development application would be required for development of any building.

These images show examples of how increased height in Taylor Square could provide more floor space for commercial, health, education, entertainment, community or light industry use and more floor space for cultural and creative activity. The first image shows the existing buildings. The following images show the planning proposal and 2 more alternatives. 

Artist's impression shows existing building heights around Taylor Square along Oxford and Flinders streets. It highlights the height maximums of the Claridge building on Flinders Street at 31 metres and Belgeny on the corner of Bourke and Campbell streets at 32 metres.
Artist's impression shows new development height levels on existing buildings of 2 additional storeys. These include buildings on the northern and southern sides of Oxford Street, extending along Flinders Street on the eastern side as far as the Claridge building and across the square to the corner of Bourke and Campbell streets, on the northern side.
Artist's impression shows new development height levels on existing buildings. The option shows added heights of 32 metres to two buildings in the centre of the eastern and western sides of Taylor Square, and 25 metres to the building on the southern side of the square between Bourke and Flinders streets. Other height levels in surrounding buildings would rise to 16.5 metres.
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Urban design study – Taylor Square alternativesPDF · 1.88 MB · Last modified

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Next steps

We will consider and report your feedback on increasing building heights around Taylor Square to Council.

Depending on the feedback we receive we may develop alternative detailed proposals for Taylor Square for further public consultation.

How you can give feedback

Consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 5 November 2021.

There are 3 ways you can be involved and provide us with your feedback:

Julie Prentice

Specialist Planner, Strategic Planning & Urban Design

phone number
02 9265 9333
email address
[email protected]

Feedback may be published in publicly available reports at the end of the consultation period. Your name or organisation’s name may appear in these reports with your feedback attributed. If you would like your feedback to be kept confidential, please let us know when making your contribution.

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