Above Ground Tunnels?


The State Government is considering allowing more buildings above railway lines. Planning Minister Hazzard said this would invigorate the Sydney landscape. He called on developers to ‘knock on Sydney’s door”.

The idea would be to construct high-rise residential towers built over railway lines. In one report, St Leonards and Chatswood were mentioned. A key advocate of the current suggestion is Chris Johnson, former State Architect. Johnson was also behind the design of the towers being constructed around Chatswood Station. Johnson is now the CEO of the Urban Taskforce, a key developer lobby group with considerable sway within the government.

Such proposals are likely to result in seventy story towers near heritage buildings

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