Seven-tower, 594-apartment complex proposal scrapped

Campbelltown Council has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to high rise-development in the city’s CBD.

A proposal for a 594-apartment, seven-tower complex located at the Brands on Sale site and an adjoining property once home to a bowling alley, was officially withdrawn by the applicant recently after council staff refused to support it.

Located a stone’s throw south of the Queen Street/Campbelltown Road intersection, the proposal was lodged in April 2016. The application also included space for commercial tenants.

Council staff raised several issues – including height, heritage and traffic – with the applicant, which were not resolved.

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said he was “never a fan” of the “Lego Land-type development” as it did not align with the council’s vision for the city.

While any decision on the application would have been made by the local planning panel and not the council – due to the size and scale of the development – Cr Brticevic said he was still glad the proposal was off the table.

“It was a unique proposal – looking to put six buildings on top of an established building. It was a surprising development,” he said.

“I’m happy they withdrew it – I was never a fan of that DA (development application).

“It didn’t fit in with what we want the city to look like.

“To put six blocks on top of the existing building is not conducive with what we want to do.”

Tim’s Garden Centre neighbours the site.

Owner Tim Pickles, a vocal advocate for the preservation and addition of native trees in Campbelltown, said it didn’t matter what they did with the Brands on Sale site now as it had already been “destroyed”.

“It’s already been denuded so I don’t care what they build there,” he said.

“I think they should build units on there. I know that sounds crazy but they’ve already ruined the foliage (on the site).

“They’ve already ruined that bit of earth by putting in concrete without any landscaping. (The site) is already gone.”