Apartments and terrace homes approved in Picton

More homes: A development has been approved for Menangle Street, Picton.
More homes: A development has been approved for Menangle Street, Picton.

New apartments and terrace homes are set to be built in Picton’s CBD.

Local developer John Corbett plans to construct two residential apartment buildings housing 26 units, 32 townhouse/terraced row houses and three new cottages on Menangle Road.

The Land and Environment Court granted Mr Corbett approval to proceed with his development last month.

The developer had taken Wollondilly Council to court in June last year to fight their deemed refusal of his proposal for the site.

Mr Corbett and the council reached an agreement during a conciliation conference at court on October 19.

The Land and Environment Court then issued consent orders for Mr Corbett to go through with the development of 91-103 Menagle Street, Picton. 

He said he was excited to finally begin work at the site.

“It has been a long time,” Mr Corbett said.

“I need to have the remediation work done before I can start any construction work at the site.

“I am not sure how long that will take because we won’t know what is there until work starts.”

Mr Corbett said he hoped to have the development finished within the next few years but could not provide a solid timeframe for completion of the project.

A Wollondilly Council spokeswoman said the council was not disappointed with the outcome of the case.

“Corbett Constructions have offered to [set aside] land alongside Stonequarry Creek as part of a voluntary planning agreement,” she said.

“This land will form part of a future open space corridor and cycleway that, when complete, will provide a recreation link between Argyle Street and Victoria Park.

“The offer has been negotiated with the needs of the community in mind.

“The development has been amended throughout the court process resulting in a better urban design outcome.”

The offer has been negotiated with the needs of the community in mind.

Wollondilly Council spokeswoman