ADI site ready for re­vamp

Coun­cil re­views sub­mis­sions re­gard­ing 95ha ahead of en­dors­ing amended plans

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Doug Con­way

AMENDED plans to de­velop a mas­sive block of for­mer de­fence land at St Marys to de­liver 1400 houses will soon be on the way to Pen­rith Coun­cil.

The pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion of plans for the 95ha site has ended and coun­cil of­fi­cers are now ex­am­in­ing 13 sub­mis­sions.

“Of­fi­cers are ad­dress­ing the is­sues raised in sub­mis­sions in con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers,” a coun­cil spokesman said.

“It is in­tended that the pro­posed amend­ment will then be con­sid­ered for en­dorse­ment by coun­cil.”

The for­mer Aus­tralian De­fence In­dus­tries site will be­come home to some 4300 res­i­dents and will also cre­ate up to 760 jobs.

Coun­cil adopted the St Marys Re­lease Area Cen­tral Precinct Plan in 2009.

It ap­plies to all land with- in the Cen­tral Precinct, lo­cated east of Jordan Springs, and pro­vides guid­ance and statu­tory con­trols for devel­op­ment.

The coun­cil’s “new vi­sion” for the precinct aimed to pro­vide a “more con­tem­po­rary” lay­out.

The main changes sought were re­lo­cat­ing the vil­lage cen­tre and re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of roads and open space.

The ADI site was ac­quired by the Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment from 1941 to 1943 for the pro­duc­tion and stor­age of mu­ni­tions.

The fac­tory was closed and some land in St Marys was sold in 1946, but the Korean War cre­ated a need for a new fac­tory (com­pleted in 1957); this fa­cil­ity was closed in 1995.

The site was trans­ferred to ADI in 1989 then, in late 1990, ADI sought a re­zon­ing from Pen­rith and Black­town coun­cils.

Of­fi­cers are ad­dress­ing the is­sues raised in sub­mis­sions PEN­RITH COUN­CIL SPOKESMAN

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