Oran Park high rise plan gets the green light

An artist's impression of the 12-storey building.
An artist's impression of the 12-storey building.

The region's tallest building is one step closer to construction.

A 12-storey commercial and residential building is set to be built in Oran Park Town.

Camden councillors last week voted to raise the height limit in a section of the town centre to allow the development to go ahead.

Mick Owens, chief executive of Oran Park developer Greenfields, welcomed the news.

"We're excited about the approval - it's a big decision by council," he said.

"It is one of the biggest developments the council has approved - the only one bigger is Narellan Town Centre,

"The approval is not final as we are still waiting on the department of planning but this was one of the big steps."

The new building, if approved, will form stage two of the Oran Park Podium shopping complex.

It will also be home to 146 apartments and office spaces.

Mr Owens said the apartments would be between two and three bedrooms, with a few one bedroom apartments on offer.

"The development will have 25,000 square metres of retail space, which is quite a substantial amount," Mr Owens said.

"The apartments will be in walking distance of the library, the council chambers, the town park and the future leisure centre - which is another exciting development that we have coming.

"The office spaces will also bring more jobs to the town centre. To use an old cliche, we want Oran Park to be a place where people can live, work and play."

Mr Owens said Oran Park residents were largely supportive of the high rise plan.

"We have kept residents up to date with our plans through meetings and information sessions," he said.

"Ninety-eight per cent of people were extremely supportive of the idea."

Mr Owens said the building would be the tallest across the region, if approved.

"It will be the biggest - and eventually there will probably be more apartments at Leppington - but I don't envisage Oran Park buildings going any higher than this one," he said.

"The rest of the buildings around the town centre will be no higher than six storeys."

Mr Owens said Greenfields was looking forward to commencing construction work at the site.

"It is one of our biggest investments in the town centre," he said.