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19 May 2016 Posted by 


Unprecedented develop boom

By Greg Cummings

FOR the second consecutive year, the value of Development Applications in Holroyd LGA has topped $1B.

The revised planning proposal for the former Bonds Spinning Mills site at Pendle Hill is the latest in a series of major multi-residential and commercial projects driving this unprecedented development boom across Holroyd, particularly in and around the energised Merrylands town centre.

The development has the potential to generate over $1B of economic activity and is projected to deliver in excess of 1,200 residential units, 6,000 sqm of commercial space, open public space and two-levels of underground parking for 1,700 vehicles, which will be one of the biggest carparks in the Western Sydney Region, if approved.

From Council’s perspective, it’s another example of how we’re meeting the housing needs of our fast-growing population, whilst providing improved public space, amenities and local community infrastructure through S94 developer contributions.

Importantly for the project, there is also a strong commitment from the developers to maintain the unique heritage buildings across the eight-hectare site in Dunmore Street, which was the first commercial headquarters of the Bonds clothing brand.

The revised planning proposal is to be considered by Council this month prior to proceeding to the Department of Planning for Gateway Approval.

Stockland recently lodged a DA for a project valued at over $238 million for a mixed use development at 233, 249-259 Merrylands Road and 52-54 McFarlane Street, Merrylands.

The development comprises five, mixed use buildings, ranging in height between 10 and 17 levels over 2 separate basements, ranging between two and five levels, with a total of 542 residential units, 8230sqm of commercial floor space and parking for 731 cars.

Under the proposal, a skybridge will be constructed over McFarlane Street, which will connect the new development with the existing shopping centre in Pitt Street. A new road will also be built. The State Government’s Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) will be the consent authority for the project.

The Stockland proposal adds to the ever-growing list of major developments currently either under assessment, or approved, by Holroyd Council or the JRPP.

Merrylands RSL Master Plan. The $15 million Stage 1 redevelopment, over 18-months, will include a new entry on Miller Street, as well as a new pedestrian and vehicle drop off point and Memorial Garden. Members and guests will also benefit from new and improved indoor and outdoor lounge and entertainment facilities.

The subsequent development concept will culminate in a complete redesign of the club, with a new multipurpose entertainment and events auditorium, new dining facilities and state of the art multi tower accommodation facilities.

A DA was lodged in October 2015 for alterations and additions to Merrylands Bowling Club.  These include a new ground floor cafe; dining and terrace lounge areas and first floor function rooms with associated amenities. Cost of works is $10.982 million.

Lot 4012 Driftway Drive, Pemulwuy. A $16 million multi-dwelling development comprising 57 x 3 storey dwellings, basement and grade level parking for 143 cars. Approved by JRPP in March this year.

Valued at over $91 million, a planned mixed-use development at 224-240 Pitt Street, Merrylands, comprising 355 residential units over three separate towers, with five levels of basement parking for 464 cars.   

510-524 Great Western Highway, Pendle Hill. Plans for three separate buildings, incorporating a four-storey shop-top housing development. This comprises 72 residential units and six retail units, over basement parking for 118 cars. The project is valued at $28.890 million.

A planned $160,803 million development at 224-240 Pitt Street and 4 Terminal Place, Merrylands. Stage 1 Masterplan for building footprints and envelopes for mixed use development comprising five residential flat buildings, varying in height between 6 and 13 storeys. The project includes ground floor retail/commercial units, road networks and open space, with three to four levels of basement parking.

141 – 147 Great Western Highway, Mays Hill and 1 Robilliard Street, Mays Hill. Currently under assessment, a planned mixed use development comprising 84 residential units and 4 commercial tenancies over 2 levels of basement parking for a total of 124 car parking spaces. The project is valued at $22.279 million.

172-184 Great Western Highway, Westmead. Approved by JRPP in January this year, this development consolidated 6 lots into 1 lot, with 109 units over two-levels of basement car parking for 132 vehicles Value of works is $23.608 million.

This ongoing pipeline of DAs proves that changes to Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP) continues to provide investors with real opportunities to do business in Holroyd by providing them with planning controls which allow for the delivery of a variety of housing and commercial projects now and into the future.

Council is confident that an expert review recommending changes to building heights and floor space ratios within the rejuvenated Merrylands CBD will also help achieve improved quality of developments and better integration with public infrastructure in the town centre as the Merrylands Revitalisation Project begins in the second half of the year.

- Greg Cummings was formally Mayor of Holroyd City.




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