An extra 4700 homes but fewer traffic lanes: The 20-year vision for precinct around Macarthur Train Station

Roads removed: This artist impression shows the Dan Murphy's car park and west bound lanes on Kellicar Road have been replaced by alfresco dining and pedstrian access points. Picture: Department of Planning and Environment
Roads removed: This artist impression shows the Dan Murphy's car park and west bound lanes on Kellicar Road have been replaced by alfresco dining and pedstrian access points. Picture: Department of Planning and Environment

If artist impressions come to fruition, navigating your way around Macarthur Square in a car could be a lot harder in 20 years.

The state government released it's Glenfield to Macarthur Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy late last year, which outlined how 20,000 new dwellings would be built around Campbelltown’s seven train station precincts in the next 20 years.

About 4700 of those will be erected around Macarthur Train Station.

An artist impression of the future precinct showed the four lanes – as well as east and west right-hand turn lanes – along Kellicar Road west of the Dan Murphy’s car park had been reduced to a single lane each way.

The artist impression also showed all west-bound lanes had been replaced by alfresco dining and the Dan Murphy’s car park had vanished.

Set for change: The same intersection depicted in the artist impression. Picture: Google Maps

Set for change: The same intersection depicted in the artist impression. Picture: Google Maps

However, Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic and Campbelltown MP Greg Warren urged residents not to take the artist impression as gospel.

“An artist impression is exactly that – just an impression by an artist of what they think the area could potentially look like,” Mr Warren said.

“But it’s a disturbing indication for the government because if they can’t draw pictures properly, how cab they build something aesthetically (attractive) in terms of design and infrastructure, that will ultimately change the face of the city.”

Cr Brticevic urged Campbelltonians not to panic.

“Artists have skills but they aren’t traffic engineers,” he said.

“They would have been given basic details and told to make it attractive for the future. Council controls the traffic and the last thing we would ever do is create disruption (by reducing lanes).”

The plan showed high-rise apartments would be built right next to the station both on the northern (university) and southern sides.

The Advertiser understands there has been discussions in previous years about the possibility of residential apartments being built on top of the Lendlease-owned Macarthur Square Shopping Centre.

A Lendlease spokeswoman didn’t confirm or deny whether it was a concept the company would press ahead with in the future.

“Over the years, Macarthur Square has expanded as the needs and aspirations of our customers have evolved,” she said.

“While there are no immediate plans to further develop Macarthur Square, we continue to look at ways to enhance our investments to respond to market demands and government policy.”

The plan also showed the proposed Nexus Business Park on the current Maryfields site would be extended south of Narellan Road and surround the TAFE.

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