8 December 2010 –
A  development control plan for the huge Sydney Business Park near Blacktown in Sydney’s north west has come with minimum four star Green Star obligations for all proposed buildings.

Development director for the project Owen Walsh of project manager APP Corporation, which has managed the project for about six years, told The Fifth Estate this week he believed that the 256 hectare site was only the second rezoning in the Growth Centres that had stipulated a minimum environmental rating of four star Green Star.

The developers are in favour, he said.

“We felt that if you’re not building to these higher standards, your buildings will soon be obsolete.

“We think when you set out to reach  four star, it doesn’t cost you a lot more [to achieve it] and really it’s  good building design.”

The project would include rain water harvesting, recycled water, water-sensitive urban design, alternate energy sources and waste management and minimisation.

“Our vision is to establish a world-class, master planned business environment that will deliver innovative urban design, coordinated infrastructure, high quality landscaping, the provision of central amenities, and the implementation of leading green technology,” Mr Walsh said.

Developer is Marsden Park Developments, jointly owned by Robert and Bill Wearn who are associated with Mulgoa Quarries and farming operations, the Singh Property Group and Gold Coast based Peter White.

This week, the company announced it has secured agreement from Bunning for a major pre-commitment on the site.

tperinotto@thefifthestate.com.au