CBC Bank development revised to 12 storeys

Revised: An artist's impression showing the 12-story apartment building planned for 263 Queen Street. Picture: Michael Brown Planning Strategies
Revised: An artist's impression showing the 12-story apartment building planned for 263 Queen Street. Picture: Michael Brown Planning Strategies

Planners are hopeful a revised proposal for high-rise apartments in Campbelltown's heritage precinct will be approved after years of back-and-forth.

Michael Brown Planning Solutions has lodged an updated development proposal for a multi-storey apartment building at 263 Queen Street, the site of the historic CBC Bank Building.

The proposal came before Campbelltown Council in early 2016 as a 21-storey, 71-metre tall building housing 101 apartments.

Following a number of setbacks, the plan was revised last year to 15 storeys with 72 apartments.

Now, the latest iteration of the proposal sees the height dropped again to 12 storeys (40 metres) with 65 apartments.

Michael Brown told the Advertiser he felt confident this amended proposal was consistent with the council's vision for the future of Campbelltown's CBD.

"We believe the latest proposal is good, we've put a lot of work into it and believe it's in line with the council's Reimagine Campbelltown strategy," he said.

"It's still above the height limit of 10 storeys, but we believe 12 storeys is appropriate for the direction the CBD is heading."

The plans are currently on public exhibition at Campbelltown Council's civic centre and the HJ Daley Library during business hours. Residents have until August 8 to make a submission on the revised proposal.

Mr Brown said the new plans maintained the protected curtilage area around the CBC Bank building at 28.4 metres, supported by the NSW Heritage Council.

He said another of the big concerns raised in previous versions of the proposals was the management of waste, and the revised proposal addressed that.

"We'll now have the bins collected from on site so they're not on the side of the road," Mr Brown said.

"We think this new proposal is a good compromise with the council's concerns from the past."

Mr Brown said the apartment block would be good for Campbelltown, if approved, because it would help create a night economy.

"If you want to activate the area at night you can't have only commercial, you need residential as well," he said.

"That's what's reflected in the Reimagine Campbelltown strategy."

Despite the significantly revised plans for the high-rise building, Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society President Kay Hayes said she could not support the new proposal.

"We do not support any development at the top end of Queen Street," she said.

"That was where Campbelltown was first developed and any development would overshadow the important heritage items there, like the CBC Bank and the old post office.

"I think that end of town should be left alone."