Westfield Hurstville's plans for six towers up to 20 storeys high

An artist impression of the planning proposal for Westfield Hurstville.

An artist impression of the planning proposal for Westfield Hurstville.

Six towers ranging up to 20 storeys high and containing 1249 units could be built above Westfield Hurstville under a planning proposal before Georges River Council.

Westfield has submitted the proposal to amend its planning controls on the site requesting an increase in building heights from the current controls of 19-metres to allow a maximum building height of 138 AHD (Australian Height Datum).

This would be approximately 18 to 20 storeys above the existing Westfield building from the top of the roof carpark.

It would include 456 residential apartments and 793 mixed use units consisting of serviced apartments and student accommodation.

The planning proposal also requests an increase in floor space ratio from 2:1 to 5.53:1.

If approved by Georges River Council the planning proposal will go to the Department of Planning for Gateway determination before being put on exhibition for public comment.

St George Business Chamber vice-president Carlos Zeidan said the chamber welcomes any new additional clientele to the local business community.

“We are looking forward to meeting with key stake holders in the coming weeks to discuss the impact of this proposed development on the business community as well as the impact on the wider Georges River community,” he said.

“Subject to these meetings the St George Business Chamber will issue statements based information received from these meetings in the coming weeks.”

Determination of the proposal is expected to be finalised by March, 2018.

The Westfield Hurstville planning proposal was touched on by Georges River Council’s director of environment and planning Meryl Bishop at the Georges River Business Breakfast held by the council and the St George Business Chamber at Club Central Hurstville last week.

Ms Bishop outlined a raft of major developments under construction, approved or in the pipeline in  the Georges River Council local government area.

She told that meeting that in the 2016-17 financial year there were 883 development applications determined with an estimated construction cost of $746,000,161,

The most recent, approved this week by the Southern Sydney Planning Planning Panel, are for 282 Forest Road and 15 Dora Street, Hurstville.

282 Forest Road, will be a 14-storey commercial building adjacent to the new $1.2 million Hurstville Central Plaza which is currently under construction opposite Hurstville Railway Station.

The 282 Forest Road development will have three stories of retail and 11 storeys of commercial floor space with the ground floor retail area opening into the new plaza.

Also approved this week is a development at 15 Dora Street which will have 51 units over 14 levels and include ground floor commercial floor space.

At 93 Forest Road, Hurstville, the final stage of the East Quarter development provides for 556 units and 4345 square-metres of retail space in two buildings of nine and 21 storeys.

The project has been approved by the Southern Sydney Planning Panel and includes a planning agreement for an upgrade of Kempt Field.

Across the road from East Quarter there is a planning proposal for a combined site at 108-124 Forest Road and 1-3 Wright Street to rezone the site and allow increases in the maximum building height from 23-metres to 46.5-metres to provide for approximately 200 residential apartments.

And completing the eastern bookend of Hurstville is a planning proposal  for a combined site at 53-75 Forest Road, 108-126 Durham Street and 9 Roberts Lane which would allow increases in height from 10 metres to 65 metres.

The initial concept for the site calls for three towers of up to 19 storeys and with 273 apartments, an eight-storey 150-room hotel and 3150 sqm of retail space.

This will be referred to the Department of Planning for a Gateway determination.

At the western end of Hurstville, a planning proposal for 9 Gloucester Road would provide for 350 residential apartments, 9000sqm of commercial space and 1000sqm of publicly accessible open space, with building heights ranging from 23 metres to 60 metres.

Nearing completion is 23-31 Treacy Street, comprising 227 apartments and with retail uses and 273 car spaces.

Currently under construction is 12-22 Woniora Road  with 367 apartments over four buildings of 11 to 16 storeys and with 165sqm of commercial floor space.

Adjoining this site and currently under assessment is a development application for 2-10 Woniora Road for 112 apartments over 12 levels.

And a development application has been lodged which will see the demolition of an existing building at 6-8 Cross Street to extend Club Central and build a nine-storey building to provide 125 tourist accommodation rooms.

This application will be considered by the Sydney South Planning Panel in late August.

One of the biggest planning proposals is for the Hurstville Civic Precinct, the council owned site in MacMahon Street.

A draft masterplan for the site has been developed with the vision of creating a series of civic squares, community facilities and residential and commercial infrastructure.

Kogarah also has its share of major developments including the $307million St George Hospital redevelopment with a new intensive care department, high dependency unit, cardiac intensive care, extra operation theatres and 128 new inpatient beds.

The St Patrick’s Green aged care retirement village has 105 independent living apartments and a 92 room residential care facility.

In the Kogarah North Precinct there is a development application under assessment at 2-10 Palmerston Street for an 11 storey block with 67 units.

A DA for 28-36 Victoria Street and 11 Stanley Street proposes an 11 storey building with 96 units.

A DA for 70-78 Regent Street is for 11 storeys with 127 units.

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