Chinese-based company buys up big in Menangle Park land

A Chinese-based developer has purchased enough land at Menangle Park to build a neighbourhood centre and 2300 homes — about 30 times the number of dwellings recorded in the suburb in 2011.

Last week UrbanGrowth NSW — the organisation who oversaw the sale — announced the Shanghai-based Dahua Group had won the tender to purchase and develop land at Menangle Park and Edmonson Park, north of Denham Court.

Details such as the size, exact location and previous owners of the land were not disclosed, however, Campbelltown Council confirmed the sale did not include any of the 130 plus hectares of land it owned at Menangle Park.

An UrbanGrowth NSW spokeswoman also refused to reveal how much the developer paid.

Despite the tender including the ‘‘purchase and development of the land’’, the spokeswoman said the Dahua Group would still need to submit ‘‘all the normal’’ development applications to Campbelltown Council.

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes recently announced a 7700 hectare land release in Menangle Park, Mount Gilead and Wilton — in the neighbouring Wollondilly local government area — to accommodate 35,000 new homes.

More than half of those homes have been earmarked for the rural suburbs of Menangle Park and Mount Gilead.

A proposal — still yet to be determined — that would see up to 1700 homes built at Mount Gilead, has been strongly opposed by several councillors including Cr Fred Borg.

Cr Borg has repeatedly refused to support any development that would ‘‘add one extra car onto Appin Road’’ before it was upgraded to two lanes each way.

Campbelltown Council’s director of strategy Jeff Lawrence said as part of the land release, there were plans to convert Appin Road to dual carriageway from Rosemeadow to the southern extremity of Mount Gilead.

However, Cr Borg said widening ‘‘a third’’ of the road between Appin and Rosemeadow was ‘‘not going to stop accidents or improve traffic flow’’.