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The Concept Design application, open for exhibition between 12 April and 9 May 2018, seeks approval for:

  • construction of mixed-use buildings across the site including:
    • residential flat buildings: private, social and affordable housing (approximately 3,500 dwellings in total)
    • seniors housing: residential care facilities and self-contained dwellings
    • high school and child care facilities 
    • community and retail facilities
    • public domain concept including new parks, landscaping, roads and enhancement of land adjacent to Shrimptons Creek.
  • vehicle and pedestrian access:
    • new road and pedestrian entry to Lyonpark Road through 2-4 Lyonpark Road
    • new bridge over Shrimptons Creek
    • intersection upgrades to Herring Road
    • new road and pedestrian connection to Epping Road.  

The applicant has obtained consent for demolition separately and demolition works have commenced. 


The Stage 1 application, which is the first construction application, will be lodged and exhibited separately to the Concept Design. However, the two applications may be assessed together in one combined assessment report.

Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW sets out the NSW Government’s vision for social housing over the next 10 years. It focuses on three areas:

  • more new and improved social housing
  • more opportunities and support for people to avoid or transition through social housing
  • a better experience for tenants.

To deliver Future Directions, the NSW Government is collaborating with the private sector, not-for-profit sector and all levels of government. 


Communities Plus is the government program delivering the Future Directions policy. The proposed state-wide program will deliver approximately 23,000 new and redeveloped social housing properties and 500 affordable dwellings.

The Concept Design application seeks concept approval for approximately 1,000 social housing and 128 affordable housing dwellings. 

The Department of Planning and Environment (the Department) must assess the proposal as it involves development of the Ivanhoe Estate with a capital investment value over $20 million. This constitutes State Significant Development.


As part of our assessment process, we asked for feedback to better understand any views and concerns in the community. Feedback on the Concept Design application is now closed. 


As this is a staged development process, the Stage One application, which is the first construction application, will be lodged and exhibited separately.



Prior to lodgement of the proposal, the Applicant was required to undertake consultation with local and State authorities, community groups and affected landowners. This has included discussions with City of Ryde Council, a letters campaign, focus groups and information sessions.


Following lodgement of the application, the Department advertised the proposal in the local paper and sent letters to local landowners. 

The proposal was on exhibition during 12 April – 9 May 2018. 


To find out more you can:

  • go online to our major projects website
  • visit a NSW Service Centre
  • view the application documentation during opening hours at City of Ryde Council Customer Service Centre, 1 Pope Street, Ryde NSW 2112
  • call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695. If English isn’t your first language and you require an interpreter, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695
  • email


  • The Department will publish all submissions received during exhibition and ask the applicant to address any issues raised by the community, council and government agencies.
  • The applicant will prepare a formal Response to Submissions Report (RTS), which will be published online.
  • The Department will then assess the merits of the project, which includes the EIS, all submissions and community feedback, and the RTS.
  • The Department will determine the application, or if council does not support the proposal or more than 25 public objections are received, the Department will make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning about whether the project should be approved or rejected.
  • Once a final decision has been made the Department will notify the Applicant, and those who made a submission, of the outcome.

Page last updated: 28/06/2018