Proposed changes to planning controls for 187 Thomas Street, Haymarket

A proposal to increase the floor space ratio and height to allow for a commercial tower.

Project Status: Closed

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Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee approved an amendment to the Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 as it applies to 187 Thomas Street, Haymarket on 28 and 24 June 2021. View the Council meeting papers.

The local environmental plan and development control plan amendments will enable future development at 187 Thomas Street for a commercial tower with hotel, office space, innovation floor space and an auditorium. The changes will also provide more public open space on Quay Street, retail opportunities and connection to George Street.

The amendment is the result of a planning proposal to change the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012 and will come into effect on the day the local environmental plan is notified on the NSW legislation website.

What we’re doing

The proposed changes will increase the floor space ratio and height to allow for a commercial tower up to 215 metres. Possible uses for the new tower include a new hotel, office space, innovation floor space and an auditorium. The changes will also provide more public open space on Quay Street, more retail opportunities and walking connections to George Street.

This planning proposal has been informed by the draft Central Sydney planning framework, which includes changes to the development controls for the city centre. These changes support economic and employment growth. They allow for increased building heights and density in suitable locations while protecting public spaces.

We also seek your comments on a draft planning agreement, which includes monetary contributions for affordable housing in the City of Sydney area and new infrastructure in Central Sydney.

Planning proposalPDF · 3.55 MB · Last modified
Draft development control planPDF · 1.4 MB · Last modified
Draft planning agreementPDF · 675.59 KB · Last modified
Explanatory notePDF · 121.82 KB · Last modified

Studies and reports

Part A:  Value proposition and visionPDF · 18.6 MB · Last modified
Part B:  Planning reportPDF · 14.05 MB · Last modified
Appendix 1:  Design excellence strategyPDF · 2.55 MB · Last modified
Appendix 2:  Public benefit offerPDF · 257.16 KB · Last modified
Appendix 3:  Heritage impact statementPDF · 12.64 MB · Last modified
Appendix 4: Acoustic impact statementPDF · 1.34 MB · Last modified
Appendix 5:  ESD concept reportPDF · 575.98 KB · Last modified
Appendix 6: Capital investment value summaryPDF · 224.87 KB · Last modified
Appendix 7:  Preliminary geotechnical statementPDF · 1.4 MB · Last modified
Appendix 8:  Draft DCP amendmentPDF · 2.11 MB · Last modified
Appendix 9:  Environmental wind assessmentPDF · 13.91 MB · Last modified
Appendix 10:  Economic impact assessmentPDF · 636.3 KB · Last modified
Appendix 11:  Visual impact photomontage reportPDF · 168.67 MB · Last modified
Appendix 12:  Traffic impact assessmentPDF · 6.06 MB · Last modified
Appendix 13:  Footpath pedestrian capacity studyPDF · 7.31 MB · Last modified
Appendix 14:  Aeronautical impact assessmentPDF · 860.89 KB · Last modified
Appendix 15:  Preliminary operational waste management reportPDF · 1.72 MB · Last modified
Appendix 16:  Civil engineering advicePDF · 8.17 MB · Last modified
Part C: Urban design reportPDF · 149.18 MB · Last modified
Council reportPDF · 962.99 KB · Last modified
Gateway determinationPDF · 183.92 KB · Last modified

Next steps

We'll consider all feedback and report the results to Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee.

If Council approves this planning proposal after public exhibition, it can amend the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012 on behalf of the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces.

How you can give feedback

Consultation closes at 5pm on Thursday 18 February 2021.

There are 3 ways to give your feedback:

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.