Plans submitted for new St John’s Church building | Camden-Narellan Advertiser

A development application has been submitted for additional church facilities next to the iconic St John’s Anglican Church.

Plans submitted to Camden Council propose alterations and extensions to the existing state heritage listed church hall, associated site works and extended opening hours.

St John’s Anglican Church, built in the 1840s and located at the top of Menangle Street, is arguably Camden’s most historic building.

When plans to sell land around the church to build additional facilities were first proposed several years ago, it drew criticism from Camden residents, historians and some parishioners .

Minister for St John, the Reverend Tony Galea, told the Advertiser at the time, the proposed sale was a chance to “better serve the parishioners of the church”.

The proposed two-story extension will include a foyer, auditorium, kitchen, shout room and amenities on the ground floor, with offices, meeting rooms and additional amenities on the first floor.

A new car park with 33 spaces including two disabled parking spaces, accessible via Broughton Street, will also be built if the plan is approved.

The development application submitted to council includes plans to modify and expand church facilities at an estimated total cost of $5,723,399.

Photo: Chris Lane

Photo: Chris Lane

“The proposal involves minor remodeling of approved worship facilities with additional excavations for service spaces, a revised materials palette and the construction of a disabled toilet attached to the small 1970s office building,” the document states.

“The worship building would be slightly shorter. The blade panel would be replaced with a shorter panel. The worship building would be constructed with a staged approach. Two trees would be removed.”

The Heritage Impact Statement included in the site development application states that “the proposed change to the approved design would respect the traditional line of sight between the church and the 1906 parish hall”.

“The 1973 parish hall remains a useful building, so the Church prefers to keep it,” he says.

“The roof and upper parapet of the approved building have been lowered so that the proposed building will continue to have no negative impact on the visibility of the church from the city.

“The modified design of the approved building will have no impact on views from the church or significant views to the church building.

“Changing materials selected for the exterior of the new building would have a softer, more contextual appearance.

“Replacing the white aluminum panels and terracotta tiles of the approved exterior with sandstone and muted gray zinc sheets will lead to a less assertive presentation on the street.

“The selected exterior materials would blend in with the slate grays and sandstone trim that are common in the Camden Conservation Area.”

The proposed development will require approval under the NSW Heritage Council Heritage Act 1977.

Residents will be able to give feedback on the plan from August 27, 2021 to September 30, 2021.

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