In Redevelopment by Clyde Mooney

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Developer Dyldam has gotten one step closer to its plans for building over 300 new apartments around big-block western Sydney hotels.

Two major development applications have passed with the Sydney West Planning Panel for mixed-use projects including residential at the sites of Paramatta’s Lone Star Tavern and Baulkham Hills’ Bull & Bush.

Dyldam purchased the Bull & Bush from Paul Irvin Hotels in mid-2015 for a whopping $50 million, aiming to capitalise on its massive 13,268 m² site with a $260 million development that could see over 6,000 m² of commercial and retail floorspace, including a remake of the formerly protected historic pub.

Council voted to allow the developer to demolish the building based on its lack of heritage significance – first built in 1810 as The Lamb & The Lark, demolished in 1885 to build the Royal Hotel, and demolished again in the 1930s to build the current structure, which was damaged in a fire and largely rebuilt in the 90s.

The new development will hold more than 2,500 m² of public space, including a library and community centre, and three residential towers with over 20,000 m² of residential, across nearly 200 units.

Artist’s impression of the proposed development at the former Lone Star Tavern

Plans for the former Lone Star Tavern in Parkes Street propose a level of retail and up to 23 floors of residences, totalling 173 apartments, atop four-levels of underground parking.

Also in Parramatta, the builder has secured approval for a $600m mixed-use residential project heralding 800 apartments, at the old Auto Alley site it purchased from Heartland Group for around $150m.

A stalwart of the Hills region, the Bull & Bush has sparked many protectionist campaigns, and while some form of the Hotel is mandated for the site, Dyldam still has a considerable journey ahead.

“Dyldam has been an active member of the Hills community for almost two decades,” Dyldam boss Sam Fayad proactively told The AFR.

Artist’s impression of the proposed development at the Bull & Bush