(Name withheld) , of  Campsie NSW, made the following submission on the project:

Revised Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy

To whom it may concern,

As a life time resident of Campsie and an Engineer I have several comments for the proposed Urban Renewal Corridor, specifically in relation to the Campsie precinct around the Claremont Street to Canterbury Hospital area.

My comments and recommendations are in relation to the revised building heights proposed along Claremont Street (between Marlowe Street and Thorncraft Parade) and should be read in conjunction with Attachment 1 of this letter.

Upon review of the proposed Land Use Plan (Figure 29 of Chapter 7 Campsie precinct plan 2017) it has come to my attention that the north side of Claremont Street is proposed to be ‘High rise and/or mixed use’, while the south side of the street is proposed to only be ‘Medium rise’. The discrepancy this brings to the street in terms of such varying building heights in my professional opinion provides multiple issues.

Additionally, it is important to note that based on the topography of the street (i.e. having a significant elevation near Orissa St, and a low elevation towards Marlow Street) that varying building heights would lower the aesthetic appeal of the area and provide an uneven landscape and further impact the economy of planning.

It is recommended that a review of the heights of the buildings (at Claremont St) be conducted in a manner which either reduces the zoning on the north side (from 12-16 stories to 5-8 stories), or increases the heights of buildings on the south side (from 5 stories to 12-16 stories) of the street.

Being an Engineer I understand the complexities of Master Planning and having read all the available information on the Urban Renewal Corridor it has come to my attention that the number of planned dwellings in the Hurlstone Park and Dulwich Hill precincts have been significantly reduced because of community, heritage and other issues. Based on this and the fact that Campsie is not as sensitive as those precincts to development, and more so entails a demographic which is accepting of high rise development - it is recommended that the south side of Claremont St (between property numbers 8-38) be rezoned in the Final Master Plan to either Medium-high rise housing or High rise and/or mixed use (as indicated Attachment 1). This would allow the construction of approximately 400 additional dwellings, and if further extended towards Canterbury Hospital and Marlowe Street would significantly increase the chance of meeting the Department of Planning’s goals for growth.

To further supplement the reasoning for increasing the heights of buildings along Claremont Street and Marlowe Street is that Woolworths and Campsie shopping centre are within a 200m walk of Claremont Street which further strengthens the reasoning to more densely populate Claremont street with more high-rise buildings in what I believe would become a sub-commercial centre within Campsie.

I have attached a sketch of the current elevation of the street and the proposed zoning to ensure an aesthetic appeal to the area which also assists the department of planning in reaching its population and growth targets for the Urban Renewal Corridor.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and further collaborating on the Master Plan. I am also happy to assist the team (pro-bono) on any future issues in relation to the Urban Renewal Corridor.

I am contactable via email: george.alim@hotmail.com

Kind regards,
George