S6.1 Introduction

The Camden Lakeside development provides for residential uses set amongst a golf course and clubhouse facilities and environmental assets including watercourses and water bodies, and scattered remnant Cumberland Plain Woodland vegetation.

Camden Lakeside forms part of the Central Hills lands which were identified in the Camden Structure Plan as an important scenic and rural buffer between the urban areas of Camden and Campbelltown LGAs. The essential character of the Central Hills is seen to be generally open landscape, so that any new urban form components must be subservient. The unique conservation and heritage qualities, (including cultural landscapes) as well as maintenance of biodiversity and vegetation corridors, are also regarded as integral elements of the Central Hills area.

The site contains some significant remnant Cumberland Plain Woodland vegetation, albeit in small quantities, including an area of threatened Pimelea spicata vegetation just north of the first golf tee. The more intact vegetation communities are located along the banks of Rileys Creek, the primary drainage line through the site, and in the northern and north-eastern parts of the site. Other scattered remnant and planted vegetation occurs throughout Camden Lakeside, further contributing to the natural landscape character prevalent through much of the site.

Gledswood Homestead is the most visually and culturally significant built form adjacent to the site. This is a state heritage listed homestead nestled within well-maintained gardens of mature tree plantings, hedges and period fencing. Parts of the central, western and southern areas of the golf course are clearly visible from Gledswood. Maintenance of these views, particularly the views to the north of Gledswood homestead, is desirable. 

The Water NSW Upper Canal is also listed on the State Heritage Register and adjoins the south and eastern edge of the site.