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Proposal for boarding house causing ruckus in Sydney suburb

Sydney suburb

A property war has erupted between the wealthy owners of luxury apartments in a posh Sydney suburb and a neighbour who wants to block their view with a six-story boarding house

The proposal for a boarding house is causing a ruckus on one of the country’s most affluent streets, with wealthy property owners aghast.

A property war has erupted between the wealthy owners of luxury apartments in a posh Sydney suburb and a neighbour who wants to block their view with a six-story boarding house for low-income renters.

Sutton Motors heir Bruce Sutton, wine baron John Piven-Large, Marcs fashion widow Lisa Keighery, and renowned architect-developers Susan and Terry Rothwell are among the residents of Pomeroy at the ‘Paris end’ of Macleay Street in Elizabeth Bay.

Charity maven Skye Leckie, the recently widowed wife of TV legend David Leckie, has just bought into the Pomeroy, which has sparkling views of the harbour.

The proposed $3.39 million boarding house is located on Billyard Avenue, just steps away from Deborah Symond’s $7 million apartment.

It would obstruct residents of 14 Macleay Street in Pomeroy’s current water views between Garden Island and Point Piper.

Residents in Pomeroy have expressed their dismay at the boarding house development, which they say will obliterate their view, light, air, and everything else.

The boarding rooms would be ‘totally out of character’ with adjoining streets and buildings, according to neighbours, and would cause ‘height and overshadowing’ issues.

John Pooley, a retired investment adviser, is the proposed developer of the 12 square metre low-cost housing rooms. Pooley famously feuded with Pomeroy when he planted 16 Norfolk pine trees and residents hired tree removers Get Lopped to cut them down.

Mr Pooley claimed that the Chateau Commodore Hotel’s car park spewed heat and fumes onto his house, and that Pomeroy is on the old site of that hotel.

The hotel was redeveloped as a 39-apartment block with Tuscan columns, a sandstone façade and carved entryway, marble foyer, and a large swimming pool and gym after he planted the Norfolk Pines as a buffer.

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