Gap Bluff Hospitality proposal and review of environmental factors

The Gap Bluff Hospitality Review of Environmental Factors for adaptive reuse of 6 buildings within Gap Bluff, South Head, Camp Cove and Green Point Precinct, Sydney Harbour National Park closed for comment on 6 September 2018.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) sought comments on the Gap Bluff Hospitality (GBH) Review of Environmental Factors (REF) proposal for adaptive reuse of 6 buildings within Gap Bluff, South Head, Camp Cove and Green Point Precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park for:

  • functions – Officers Mess and Armoury (Gap Bluff, Watson Bay)
  • short stay holiday accommodation – Gap Cottage (Gap Bluff), Green Point Cottage (Green Point), 33 Cliff Street and Constables Cottage (Camp Cove).

The proposal included revisions by GBH following consideration of comments received and issues raised during public consultation dated 20 August to 10 November 2015.

All submissions received during the public exhibition period 8 August to 6 September 2018 will be considered as part of a detailed assessment of the proposal. A REF report will be prepared by the Regional Operations Division of the Office of Environment and Heritage which will recommend whether the proposal can proceed in its current form, whether it can proceed subject to conditions or whether it should not proceed.

The REF report and proposal for lease will be referred to the NPWS Advisory Council to consider and provide comment to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage. The Minister will then consider whether to grant a lease to GBH for its proposal.

What has happened so far?

The NSW Government sought expressions of interest to enhance the public use and presentation of nine existing buildings and locations with Sydney Harbour National Park in October 2013.

In August 2015 the community was invited by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to comment on a proposal by Gap Bluff Hospitality to reuse 6 buildings in Sydney Harbour National Park at Watsons Bay, Camp Cove and Green Point for functions, short stay holiday accommodation and dining.

The proposal by Gap Bluff Hospitality included a draft Review of Environmental Factors (REF) assessing the impact of its proposal with supporting documentation including a statement of heritage impact, sustainability assessment and specialist consultant reports.

The proposal was on public exhibition from 20 August to 10 November 2015. During the exhibition period, 2 letterbox drops were undertaken and 2 open community meetings were held, as well as several meetings with individual community members and representatives, HMAS Watson and Woollahra Council.

A total of 164 submissions were received. The comments raised concerns including the impact on traffic and parking, the potential noise which could be generated by the proposal, visitor numbers and the potential impacts on public access. A summary of the submissions was provided to GBH to enable issues raised to be considered and provide GBH with the opportunity to examine ways to modify and improve the proposal.

GBH revised its proposal, which was on public exhibition until 6 September 2018.

The Review of Environmental Factors and supporting documents are available to download:

For further information on the Proposal please contact info@gapbluffhospitality.com.au

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