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The Bays to CBD metro route will be safeguarded under proposed changes to planning rules released today for community consultation.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Executive Director of State Policies and Strategic Advice, Felicity Greenway said changes to the Government’s planning policy that covers infrastructure projects, will protect the corridor from any development that could affect the project.

“The Sydney Metro West rail project will transform the way we move around Sydney, that’s why we need to do all we can to avoid any delays or unforeseen costs,” Ms Greenway said.

“We have had regulations in place to protect the corridor from Westmead to Bays, while the assessment of the development proposal was underway. We are now extending those protections from Bays to the CBD.

“This means development applications within the rail corridor may need to be checked to confirm they don’t impact on the project, as they could cause realignment, design changes and huge costs.”

Ms Greenway said that under the changes, Sydney Metro will review proposals to determine if they will affect the project.

“Sydney Metro West is the largest and most ambitious infrastructure project ever seen in NSW,” she said.

“The project will deliver a world-class public transport service to communities from Paramatta to the city, so we must make sure it can be built quickly and smoothly.”

The exhibition will also include a number of proposed updates to improve the operation of the State Environment Planning Policy. Other minor changes are being made to the policy to modernise the language and ensure it is up to date and continues to meet the needs of the community.

For more information, and to have a say on the proposed changes until Friday, 11 February 2022, visit the ISEPP transport web page.