A controversial plan for 34 units at the western approach to Leura has been scaled back

New plans: View of the revised development as seen from Leura Mall.
New plans: View of the revised development as seen from Leura Mall.
View from the Mall under original plans,with pool house front and centre.

View from the Mall under original plans,with pool house front and centre.

View from the on-ramp

View from the on-ramp

A controversial plan for 34 units at the western approach to Leura has been scaled back in a new development application.

The new plans call for 24 units, a reduced floor space and lower heights.

The three separate residential style buildings of the original DA have been replaced with what is described as a single "guest house style" building with a central element and two wings.

A swimming pool in a pool house planned for the front of the development has been abandoned and the whole thing shifted back towards Den Hogan Drive to allow for more landscaping on the Leura Mall corner.

The development is proposed for a vacant area beside the highway on-ramp approaching from the west. It is land which has long been empty, left over from the Roads and Traffic Authority after the highway upgrade.

The original plans for the $11.6 million development were rejected as being too tall, bulky and out of character with its village gateway site.

Council had concluded the proposal was not in the public interest and "approval ... will set an undesirable precedent for similar development within the Leura gateway precinct".

It was knocked back by a local planning panel last August. The Sydney-based company behind it, H D Squared Developments, then launched action in the Land and Environment Court.

It is applying to the court to amend the plans. They can be viewed on council's website, under the "DAs on exhibition" link.