UPDATE - MAY 2013
The Planning Assessment Commission has approved the concept, with minor changes. However, a parcel of land owned by the Department of Education in the centre of the site is seen as key. If the Department does not agree to their land being part of the development then the concept is no-longer viable and the scheme will need to go back to the drawing boards.
The proposed plans for the redevelopment of the Royal Far West site on South Steyne has caused significant concerns within the Manly community. The project, stated to be the largest construction project ever seen in Manly, has the potential to have a huge impact on Manly's village character.
The current proposal includes four buildings of up to nine stories incorporating 22,000 sqm of health, residential and commercial development. It also includes a hotel complex of up to 164 rooms and a further 32 residential units.
(After concerns were raised about the more intensive development of the site the Council recently completed a masterplan for the property which allowed for construction of up to six storeys on the beachfront and eight storeys in the middle of the block)
The Department of Planning received many submissions on the plan.
The redevelopment of the Royal Far West site if done right, offers some exciting opportunities for the revitalisation of this important part of Manly's beachfront. However, overdevelopment of the site is a major concern for locals. Good for Manly will work to prohibit overdevelopment of the Royal Far West site, and other sites within the Manly area.
Hundreds attend Public Meeting
Hundreds of people crammed into the Manly Bowling Club to hear forty speakers against the proposed Royal Far West Development opposite Manly Beach, before the NSW Planning Assessment Commission in February.
Major concerns were raised about the total lack of consultation, lack of required reports such as a social impact study and relevant traffic studies, major overshadowing of the beach, promenade and school grounds; and the future of the Manly Village Public School and Community Centre nearby.
It is expected a determination will be made by the Commission (PAC) by the end of April.
This Report on ABC Statewide program on 15/2/13 covers the issue well:
What we stand for:
3 hour free parking for locals
Stop $40m* car park under Manly Oval
Improved infrastructure for ALL our suburbs
Restore the village character of Manly
More assistance for small businesses
Free Wi-Fi in retail areas
Create a world-class Harbour Pool
Prohibit over-development of the Royal Far West site
Provide safer commuter & recreational cycling
Revitalise Seaforth TAFE site as a community centre
Create Public Art Precincts
Protect & enhance our natural & marine environment