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A proposal that could have seen buildings up to 17-storeys high in a coastal pocket of Sydney's south east has been rejected by the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel.
The Meriton development sought to build a hotel, shops, and almost 2,000 apartments in Little Bay.
In a unanimous decision, the panel, chaired by former NSW Labor minister Carl Scully, said the "scale and bulk" of the development was not in keeping with the surrounding area.
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Documentation outlining the decision stated: "The scale and bulk of development anticipated under the planning proposal is not in proportion to the current (nor committed) level of accessibility, centres hierarchy, and amenity of the surrounding area."
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"As a result, the proposal would have unmitigated significant impacts on transport and amenity."
It goes on to say the buildings would "intrude on the view corridors to the coast".
"The proposal does not have site-specific merit. The height, bulk, distribution of buildings and the intrusion into view corridors to the coast from the surrounding areas would have significant implications for the amenity of the site, its environs and the surrounding area.
"Furthermore, the management of traffic and access of residents (and visitors) through and beyond the site including the golf course."
Community action group Save Little Bay received more than 12,500 signatures in a petition against the Meriton plan in 2019.
The group said they strongly oppose Meriton's plans.
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"We regard these plans as an atrocious overdevelopment of Little Bay Cove which is not in sync with the tranquil and recreational nature of the local environment which we seek to preserve and protect."
Save Little Bay attended a Celebrate or Commiserate party at the Coast Gold and Recreation Club in Little Bay on Friday night.
Randwick Council said last year when it rejected the plan, the proposal was inconsistent with existing planning strategies for the area.
Randwick Mayor Danny Said welcomed the panel's decision and said it was a win for the community.
"Today is a win for the community, a win for common sense and vindication of Randwick Council's original refusal of this outrageous overdevelopment in 2020," Mr Said said.
He said the refusal by two levels of government and professional planning staff showed the proposal is out of character with the area.
"The decision confirms what everyone has always known — this plan is seriously flawed. It's too big, too bulky and out of character with the surrounding area.
"This sends a strong message to all developers that you cannot ride roughshod over existing planning controls and disregard the community — no matter who you are."
It is not yet known if Meriton will appeal the decision. They have been contacted for comment.
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