A private school for boys is planning to build a lush library in the style of the Scottish castle, to the great anger of its well-to-do neighbors, whose breathtaking views of the harbor are interrupted by the majestic turrets of the building.
The design has been proposed by Scots College in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, but due to the strong objections of the locals, an independent panel will decide Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The prestigious boys' school in Bellevue Hill is planning to demolish part of their existing library to make room for a five-story tower, castle-inspired tower and atrium, worth $ 29 million.
Scots College at Bellevue Hill in Sydney has proposed a $ 29 million library upgrade (pictured: the current Stevenson Library) that residents say will obstruct their view of Sydney Harbor
If all goes well, the lavish library also contains a large room, a meeting room and a theater with 100 seats and a dining area.
There were more than 25 submissions against the library, some from wealthy locals, who led the department to refer it to the Independent Planning Commission.
The Worried Scottish neighbor group also strongly insisted on the refurbishment and claimed that the neighborhood would become overcrowded.
The school plans to demolish part of their existing library to make room for a fifth floor, a tower inspired by the castle, an atrium and a pinched roof, with the majority of the money coming from donations and fundraising.
The library upgrade provides & # 39; improved academic research and study facilities, essential facilities for students and learning spaces with a focus on learning support & # 39; on and will be completed in 2021 if everything becomes clear
& # 39; The traffic and parking impact that are present on both the Bellevue Hill (senior and junior) scots are much more than unacceptable, & # 39 ;, their submission.
The group said that limited parking combined with rising school enrollments would cause disharmony in the community.
Multi-millionaire project developer Ian Joye, owner of Barford Estate, was one of those who objected to the idea because the five-story library would obstruct his overwhelming views of the harbor.
Residents of the prosperous suburb of Bellevue Hill have opposed the library upgrade because the extra floor of the library affects their view of the harbor as the school goes to the bottom of the suburb
His ownership on Victoria Road would be most affected by the development, but the department said he would lose only a small portion of his view of the water to Rose Bay.
& # 39; However, the vast majority of the port, distant and district visions of the internal habitable areas would not be affected, & # 39; said the department in its referral.
The project would be largely funded by fundraising and donations and is expected to be completed in 2021.
The Planning and Environment department of the NSW supports the proposal, despite the Woollahra council having some doubts about traffic problems.
The council said the school borders on exceeding their limit of 1120 students, which would have an impact on traffic and parking near the campus, especially at pick-up and departure times.
Multi-millionaire project developer Ian Joye, owner of Barford Estate, was one of those who objected to the idea and said the five-story library would obstruct his view of Rose Bay
But kindergarten to year 12 university denied that parking would be affected, saying that the project would not result in an increase in student numbers.
& # 39; The application of the subject does not aim to increase the number of students and the college is preparing a concept development application that will address this issue and request approval for a new master plan for the Victoria Road campus of the college & # 39 ;, said the school. .
They have also submitted separate plan requests for a parking space at the tennis courts and an additional drop-off area.
The ministry says the project would deliver more than 400 construction tasks.
The Concerned Scottish Neighbor Association said that limited parking combined with rising school enrollments would cause disharmony in the community
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