A plan by the NSW Government to renew and reinvigorate the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor has the potential to deliver more than 35,000 new homes and 8500 jobs along the new Sydney Metro train line.
Following extensive community consultation over the last 18 months, the 20-year vision for the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor has been updated and put on public exhibition.
The revised Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy will guide development in the 11 precincts along the 13.5 km corridor.
Two areas where there was considerable community feedback – Hurlstone Park and Dulwich Hill – have seen a reduction on the number of homes planned for the area.
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the community played an integral part in the updated version of the strategy.
“The community made it clear that each precinct along the corridor has its own unique character and we understand that keeping the local character of these precincts is vital,” Mr Roberts said.
“We want to revitalise areas around the proposed Sydney Metro line with new homes, cafes, restaurants, shops and open space without compromising the neighbourhood character and heritage of areas like Marrickville, Hurlstone Park and Dulwich Hill.
“But it is fundamental that we harness the benefits of the Sydney Metro, Australia’s largest public transport project. The Sydney Metro is a once in a generation infrastructure project that will give the people along this train corridor some of the best public transport services in the world.”
Mr Roberts said supply was the key in tackling housing affordability in Sydney and growth strategies such as the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor will make a positive impact.
“We need to balance the growth challenges Sydney is facing with the need to unlock more housing supply, offering a variety of housing choices for people of all ages close to transport and jobs,” he said.
Mr Roberts said a key open space initiative of the strategy was a plan for a new 13-kilometre-long linear park from Lakemba to Punchbowl providing a key link in Sydney’s Green Grid combining opportunities for walking, cycling, play and increased tree cover and planting.
“The park will be a green spine linking key destinations including Tasker and Belmore Parks and the Cooks River. We hope it will become a much-loved nature based destination for residents and visitors to the area,” he said.
Some key changes in the revised strategy include:
To advance some the local infrastructure and public domain improvements along the corridor the Department of Planning and Environment will provide funding to the Inner West Council and Canterbury-Bankstown Council through the Precinct Support Scheme. The public is encouraged to make a submission on the revised strategy during the 10-week exhibition period and to register for information sessions at planning.nsw.gov.au/sydenhamtobankstown.
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