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Dahua seeks council nod for changes to Menangle masterplan

Giant Chinese developer Dahua is seeking the green light from Campbelltown Council and the state government for a raft of changes to its Menangle release area master plan.

Chief among them is an increase in the number of housing lots, up 25 percent, from 3,000 to 4,000.

Council officers are recommending that councillors give the changes in Dahua’s Planning Proposal Request (PPR) the tick of approval at the March council meeting, scheduled for tomorrow night from 6.30pm.

“It is considered that the PPR has strategic merit and would allow a more diverse and sustainable urban release outcome, with an enhanced range of dwelling opportunities, supporting commercial and community facilities, greater conservation of sensitive ecological areas, increased open space and appropriate road and stormwater management infrastructure supported by a local voluntary planning agreement,’’ says the report to councillors.

Dahua wants council to approve the PRR and send it on to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for a Gateway Determination or final approval.

Dahua’s revised masterplan for Menangle proposes around 4,000 dwellings (an increase of 1,000 dwellings in the site) in a range of densities, lot sizes and dwelling types to increase gross dwelling density from approximately 12 to 18 dwellings per hectare.

The company wants approval to relocate the town centre to provide a super neighbourhood shopping centre within the northern portion of the site with access to and from Stage 1 of the Spring Farm Parkway, adjacent to Howes Creek.

An aerial view of the Dahua land release at Menangle.

It also seeks:

  • The introduction of a new neighbourhood centre (adjacent to the proposed new school and open space);
  • A revised road and street network to provide improve permeability throughout the site including a new north-south green active transport link;
  • A total of 34.81 hectares of active and passive open space, including a new 5 hectaresite for new sporting fields.
  • A total of 43.96 hectares of land for environmental conservation;
  • Opportunity to enhance and relocate the community facility within the town centre to support the proposed increase to the population.
  • A two hectare primary school site adjacent to the neighbourhood centre and associated open space. 

Dahua’s Menangle Park Urban Release Area, which was rezoned in November 2017, is about 5.5 kilometres south west from the Campbelltown CBD.

The site is bounded by the Nepean River to the south and west, the Hume Highway to the east and the Australian Botanic Gardens to the north.

The main southern railway line dissects the site in a north south direction and the planned Spring Farm Parkway will be built along the northern edge of Howes Creek.

The meeting will be held in the council chamber on the third floor of the Queen Street administration building from 6.30pm.

  • Council meetings are also live streamed – go to the council website and search for livestreaming of council meetings.

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