Canterbury League Club is looking to bypass the local council and apply for NSW Planning Department approval for its multimillion-dollar hotel, residential and commercial development in Liverpool, in Sydney’s south-west.
The proposed rejuvenation of the 29,720-sqm 84 Memorial Ave site, estimated to cost a total of $500m, includes 1150 apartments, a new 9300sqm leagues club, a 150-room hotel, 44 serviced apartments and 1000sqm of commercial space. Canterbury League Club acquired both 84 Memorial Ave, and a 660sqm plot at 82 Memorial Avenue in October 2020.
Under the plans, the site would be rezoned to increase the maximum building height from 21m to 77m, with the proposed buildings reaching heights of 62m and 37m.
“The development is conceived as a lifestyle, entertainment and recreational precinct providing entertainment and recreation uses that are not found within the Liverpool City Centre, while also providing residential and limited commercial uses,” the planning proposal said.
“The precinct is not intended or designed to compete with the Liverpool City Centre, but rather be a destination precinct in its own right. A core consideration of the masterplan has been the public benefit of the development for the wider community.”
Part of the proposal includes a new pedestrian bridge, an internal road to the city centre, upgrades to Hillier Oval and financial support to upgrade Whitlam Leisure Centre.
Councillors voted unanimously, in March last year, not to support the planning proposal and not to refer it to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for determination. The rezoning review remains under assessment by the department.
The Canterbury League Club, with its home base at Belmore, is the licensed club of the NRL’s Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and has about 66,000 members. Its venues also include The Lakemba Club, Moxon Sports and C-Life Health Club. The club has been contacted for comment.