Balmain Leagues Club demolition delayed yet again

Monday 12 February 2024



Council has been informed by Heworth, the owner of the Balmain Leagues Club site, that they will not be commencing their approved 12 storey mixed-use development and will instead apply to the NSW Government for a 30 per cent density bonus on the site.

This is frustrating news.

This derelict building is a dangerous eyesore that should have been knocked down many years ago.

Heworth has an approval for the demolition of the Leagues Club and construction of a 12-storey development including a new Wests Tigers Leagues Club.

Heworth has also commenced legal proceedings against Transport for NSW seeking compensation for the former Government’s decision to compulsorily acquire the site, which they subsequently reneged on and reversed after two years of delays.

There have been repeated large-scale fires at the Leagues Club site which represent an ongoing threat to public safety.

Heworth and TfNSW have failed our community by continually refusing to demolish this blight on the Rozelle neighbourhood.

The planning instrument Heworth are seeking to make use of to increase the scale of their development by 30 per cent is a new regulation introduced by the NSW Government last year.

The density bonus is allowed for developments that include 15 per cent affordable housing to be maintained for 15 years.

Perhaps the Balmain Leagues Club site is cursed, this planning fiasco has dragged on for far too long.

Heworth will claim that despite already having approval for a large-scale development, which they proposed, they need to increase the scale to achieve financial viability.

The truth is there’s no excuse for failing to demolish this dangerous derelict building right now.

The transport agency is doing yet another disservice to our local community by failing to come to a settlement with Heworth.

It seems obvious that when a government agency acquires a private property and then reneges on the process after 2 years, some compensation should be paid.

Transport for NSW should get on with fixing this mess right now.

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Page last updated: 12 Feb 2024