Councillors oppose seniors housing application at Gledswood Hills

Camden Council has voted to oppose an “inappropriate” seniors housing development at Gledswood Hills.

Developers Narellan Property Holdings applied for a compatibility certificate to build a 99-dwelling seniors housing complex with an included cafe within the Camden Lakeside Golf Course precinct.

Councillors this week voted on whether or not to support the compatibility certificate for the project and share their view with the Department of Planning and Environment for consideration.

Council staff recommended the councillors oppose the application as it had failed to “demonstrate planning merit”.

The councillors agreed with the assessment.

Councillor Peter Sidgreaves said the proposed development was incompatible with the site.

“There are potential visual impacts on views from the heritage site at Gledswood Hills, Gledswood Homestead,” he said.

“From what I can tell, no Heritage Impact Assessment has been done in this application.

“The site was not designed for this. I don’t think it’s appropriate.”

An area within the northern end of the precinct had been earmarked for residential living in the Camden Lakeside Master Plan.

However, the site of the proposed seniors housing complex does not fall within that identified housing zone.

Cr Sidgreaves also noted that the 99-dwelling proposal would exceed the planned capacity of the Camden Lakeside area by 26 per cent.

Councillor Cindy Cagney agreed and said any development in the precinct should be more “in keeping” with the existing plans.

“I think the bulk and scale of this development does not fit the precinct,” she said.

“Accommodation of this manner could go on the other end of the site.”

Precinct 1 is earmarked for residential development, while the purple zone (where the proposed seniors housing development would go) is in space intended for recreational use.

Precinct 1 is earmarked for residential development, while the purple zone (where the proposed seniors housing development would go) is in space intended for recreational use.

Mayor Lara Symkowiak was also unimpressed with the proposal.

“Overall, I think the best way to describe this proposal is ‘very cheeky’,” she said.

“The planned development is an irregular shape due to the attempt to maintain view corridors [from Gledswood Homestead].

“If it was approved in its current site, it would take away planned recreation space at the [Camden Lakeside] site.”

A representative of Sekisui House, the developers behind Gledswood Hills, spoke to the councillors and said he believed the “proposal contravenes the outcomes and objectives for the site”.

He said it was the “wrong use of the land in the wrong location”, a sentiment echoed by Cr Symkowiak.

The council will now write to the Department of Planning and Environment with their objection to the site being used for seniors housing.

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