For almost 45 years, CHRG (formerly Castle Hill RSL Group) has been an important part of the Hills community – providing places for its 50,000 Members to meet, eat and enjoy social interaction and friendship with others; offering much needed support and facilities to veterans and their families; and sponsorship of dozens of youth sport, recreation, art, culture and educational programs.
In keeping with Castle Hill RSL’s role as a community meeting place, and Castle Hill’s role as an emerging CBD that services the growing needs of the region, Castle Hill RSL has lodged a development application with Hills Shire Council, for the construction of a residential lifestyle community, which includes circa 250 one, two and three bedroom apartments, and a collection of three bedroom penthouses.
David O’Neil, Chief Executive Officer of CHRG said that with around 20,000 Members aged 55+, the Club’s goal is to deliver something that meets the needs of the Members, while meeting the needs of the community.
“A residential lifestyle community is the ideal development choice for this strategically significant site, as Castle Hill RSL is located within one kilometre from important local infrastructure, including existing and future transport, medical specialists, shopping, financial services, library, social and leisure activities in Castle Hill town centre.
“Far from slowing down, today’s over 55s are embracing the freedom, excitement and new possibilities that come with retirement – from overseas adventures, to healthy new hobbies and quality time with family and friends. Our proposed residential lifestyle development has been designed with this in mind – ensuring residents can take advantage of everything the Hills has to offer, while enjoying a lifestyle like no other.”
Located adjacent to Castle Hill RSL Club, the proposed residential lifestyle development is part of a long-term strategy for the revitalisation of Castle Hill RSL, is within the existing character of Castle Hill CBD, and the plans support the local need for more 55+ living options in an area that is close to amenities and facilities, away from the region’s rural fringes.
“Over the past four years, we have consulted with leading architects, town planners, builders, consultants, solicitors, local and state politicians, financial lenders, community leaders, and they all agree that Castle Hill RSL is the ideal location for such a development,” Mr O’Neil added.
The development application, which will see CHRG become the owner, developer and operator, is for the proposed construction of lifestyle apartments, the redevelopment of existing Castle Hill RSL amenities to accommodate more health and wellness services, and a residential aged care facility.
“The proposed development has been designed to create a sense of tranquillity and community connection, and has been driven by the needs of our community and Members of our Club. We are committed to the long-term sustainability and viability of Castle Hill RSL and ensuring its ongoing contribution to the local community,” Mr O’Neil said.
Whilst the proposed development will bring about changes to Castle Hill RSL Club’s existing surrounds, connectivity to Castle Hill RSL and Castle Hill Fitness and Aquatic Centre will be improved, along with access to underground parking, as well as better use of the site’s footprint – with additional services and amenities to be introduced.
“We continue to work closely with The Hills Shire Council, the Department of Planning and Environment, and the Greater Sydney Commission, who recognise the demand for seniors’ housing in the region, and see the benefit of a master planned approach,” Mr O’Neil concluded.