THE NSW Government has announced that it has declined to accept a development proposal from British American Tobacco (BAT) at Eastgardens for assessment as a major project under the State's Part 3A planning laws.
The $626 million proposal for 15 residential towers of up to twelve storeys in height as well as 35,000 square metres of retail space was found to be inconsistent with the site's current industrial zoning and the Metropolitan Plan.
BAT wants to rationalise its current manufacturing operations at its 16.8-hectare site on Westfield Drive, freeing up 10 hectares of the site for residential and retail uses.
"The Department of Planning did not accept the proposal on the grounds retention of significant employment land is a key objective of the Government's Metropolitan Plan," Planning Minister Tony Kelly said.
"Concern was also raised regarding the suitability of the proposed uses and the potential impacts on existing retail centres."
The Department has informed BAT that it would be more appropriate for the site's future use to be considered through the preparation of Botany Bay City Council's new council-wide local environmental plan (LEP), or as a stand-alone rezoning request to Council.
BAT has indicated that it will now progress the matter with Council.
Mr Kelly said the decision illustrated the effectiveness of the Part 3A system to filter out inappropriate proposals at an early stage.