Menangle's 'Glenlee Estate' development a step closer to approval

A bird's eye view of Menangle. Picture: Simon Bennett
A bird's eye view of Menangle. Picture: Simon Bennett

The proposed development surrounding Menangle's historic Glenlee property is a step closer to approval.

Campbelltown Council supported a planning proposal for the development at last week's meeting.

The proposal will now be assessed by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for gateway approval.

The concept masterplan for the 60 Menangle Road, Menangle Park site proposes approximately 77 environmental living lots including a ridgetop park and the homestead precinct.

It also seeks to amend the minimum lot size from 40 hectares to part 2000m2 , part 600m2 , part 5 hectares and part 2 hectares.

The proponent is also seeking to reduce the maximum height of buildings from 8.5 metres to 5 metres, with the exception of the state heritage listed homestead precinct, where the 8.5 metre maximum will remain

Councillor Meg Oates spoke in favour of the proposal at the meeting

"When the proponents came to council with this planning proposal, I had to say this is one of the best ever planning proposals that I have ever seen come through this council," she said.

"It had taken into consideration all the things that we had been talking about as a council, as councillors and as a community for so many years.

The historic Glenlee property in Menangle Park. Picture: Google Maps

The historic Glenlee property in Menangle Park. Picture: Google Maps

"The heritage aspects, the Indigenous aspects, the size, the intricacies of it all - this was one of the best I have ever seen and I have been here a long time. So I have just got to say congratulations to the proponents and I wish them well with it."

The council's report stated that the applicant said the proposal would provide public benefits through the "preservation of the important local ridge as open space to support public access, establishment of a framework for the long-term conservation of the Glenlee Estate, including the restoration of the gate lodge and enhancement of all buildings generally to a maintainable standard and provision for future maintenance; and provision of large-lot, lifestyle homes that are currently under-represented in the LGA's planning".

The planning proposal was also considered by the Campbelltown City Council Local Planning Panel earlier this year.

The panel found that 'the proposal has sufficient strategic and site specific merit'.

Heritage NSW documents state that the Glenlee property was established in the early 1820s by William Howe.

It was a working farm and pastoral property, which was also known as an olive farm.

The majority of councillors supported the proposal except for councillor Ben Moroney who voted against the plan.

The proposal will now be sent to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for final approval.

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