Amber Symond fights legally for Potts Point renovation

“The fact that people regularly use this access service has significant effects on the privacy, the convenience of the residents of 10 Challis Ave and, of course, a major disturbance due to noise,” its brief states.

Attorney Anthony Boskovitz said his clients object to the DA because of its height, volume and scale, which would overshadow their living space and balcony.

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“Our clients have significant concerns about the impact of the proposed form of construction on the heritage of the existing dwelling and its streetscape appeal,” Boskovitz said.

Similar concerns were raised by Geoffrey and Susan Taylor, who said Symond’s renovations involve “a devastating impact on the view of the city from our unit as well as a loss of solar access and privacy for the properties. surrounding areas, including our own”.

Several residents and the owners’ corporation of 6 Challis Avenue have raised concerns about the impact of the basement excavations, which they say have not been adequately investigated.

Urban Perspectives director Stuart Wilmot said the amended plans did not resolve the owners’ company concerns.

He said the rear addition was “gross overdevelopment”, designed to maximize site development and city views without regard to privacy, loss of view or the impact of clutter and of the scale on neighboring residents.

Neighbors John Simons and Sean Riley said the renovations involved a “significant increase in height”, which would lead to “a large, authoritative four-storey (sic) development”.

They said the renovations would overshadow the communal garden at the back of their building, negatively affecting plantings, including vegetable gardens, and “reduce the amenity of this area, making it feel exceptionally landlocked”.

Potts Point Heritage Society president Andrew Woodhouse has criticized planning laws that he says favor developers while denying residents equal appeal rights.

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“My presumptuous advice, for what it’s worth, after dealing with these issues for over 20 years, is for Mrs Symonds [sic] to withdraw the risky, adversarial and costly legal action,” he said. “Only lawyers win these gladiatorial battles.”

Symond and her husband John, the founder of mortgage broker Aussie Home Loans, rejected an offer of around $110 million in 2017 for their Point Piper mansion.

Symond was previously married to Patrick Keating, the son of former Prime Minister Paul Keating, who also calls Potts Point home.

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