Balmain Leagues Club


The Balmain Leagues Club site has been sitting vacant since 2009 when it was initially considered as part of the CBD Metro that was subsequently cancelled. Mecone was brought on to the project in 2017 when the site’s ownership changed, with Heworth Group purchasing the site. Mecone was engaged to manage a site-specific DCP amendment for the site, and a subsequent DA that would be capable of delivering the critical uses and amenity required by the site including:

  • A new Club location for the Balmain/ Wests League Club;
  • A retail supermarket;
  • A new town plaza and ancillary retail uses to support the existing Darling Street precinct;
  • Additional commercial uses including co-working areas;
  • Approximately 160 high-quality residential apartments

Mecone worked with the project team to negotiate and resolve the requirements of NSW Government Agencies, Council and the public. The site-specific DCP amendment was approved by Council in June 2019, with the DA in the final stages of assessment before the Sydney East Planning Panel.

Scope of Works

Mecone’s engagement includes the following tasks:

  • Establishment of a Site Specific Development Control Plan;
  • Preparation of a DA package to accompany the DCP;
  • Preparation of a Statement of Environmental Effects and SEPP 1 Objection;
  • Planning Coordination and Management of the DCP and DA through Council;
  • Prepare a draft letter of offer for an amended Voluntary Planning Agreement with Inner West Council.

Project Facts

Client: Heworth Group

LGAs: Inner West

Size: 162 residential units; 2500 sqm supermarket; 3000 sqm club space; 1200 sqm commercial space; 2940 sqm public open space

Value: $140M

Sector: Residential, retail, club

Service: Strategic and Statutory Planning

Team Members

Image courtesy of Scott Carver

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