A new Camden Hotel is due to open this year in Sydney’s inner west.
Photo: Supplied A new luxury hotel is due for opening in 2018 in Camden, NSW, which has long been plagued by pollution.
The new Hotel Camden will open on September 1 and the property has been under construction since last year.
“This is an opportunity for us to really give our residents the best of both worlds, to provide a place to live that’s close to work, close to school and close to recreational activities,” said Claire O’Connell, executive director of Camden’s local government.
There are currently around 5,000 residents living in Camdale.
Camden’s population of more than 5,600 is set to drop by nearly 40 per cent by 2037 as the city faces a looming water shortage and rising crime.
Last year the city council said it would not approve the new hotel unless it had “a sustainable plan for sustainable community development”.
However, the council said on Monday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with developers and would “open the doors” to the hotel when the construction contract was signed.
“I think it’s fantastic news and I’m very excited about it,” Ms O’Donnell said.
“It’s a very good sign that the council is starting to see the benefits of these investments.”
If you look at other big cities, the majority of residents are looking for housing options outside of the CBD.
“Ms O’Connor said Camden residents wanted more affordable housing and access to public transport.
Her local government has long struggled with pollution, which means a number of buildings have been built in the inner west of the city without any environmental review.
On Friday, the Council’s Executive Committee approved a memorandum to allow the construction of the new HotelCamden in 2019.