As a predominantly low density suburb, Belmore’s character will undergo dramatic change if the urban renewal plans are adopted.
The change in character will be particularly apparent at Acacia and Myall Sts, which were first subdivided in 1922 as part of Redman’s Estate and are lined with single-storey character homes. These streets are proposed to be redeveloped for skyscrapers up to 25 storeys, overlooking adjacent Terry Lamb Reserve. It would seem likely the towers will destroy the ambience and peace of the reserve, which also contains Belmore Sportsground.
A series of other low-density streets around the Belmore railway station are proposed to be redeveloped for anything from five to eighteen storey housing.
Belmore was a focal point for the development of homes for soldiers returning from World War I. Through the War Services Home Commission, returned servicemen were able to apply for government assistance to finance approved plans and specifications for houses. The houses were usually conventional in style, and were designed by the War Service Homes Division or private architects.
The suburb was the home for the first war services home built in Australia, in 1919. A number of streets proposed for wholesale demolition by these urban renewal plans, including Cleary Avenue, Belmore Avenue, Redman Parade and Peel Street, contain a large number of commission homes.
Acacia Street at Belmore where developed up to 18 storeys is proposed
Myall Avenue at Belmore, as currently (left) and after 18-storey towers are constructed as proposed under urban renewal plans