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The New South Wales Government established the Western Sydney Employment Area to provide businesses in the region with land for industry and employment, including transport and logistics, warehousing and office space.


Located about 50 kilometres from the Sydney central business district, the Western Sydney Employment Area will give these businesses access to roads and utility services and is close to the planned new airport at Badgerys Creek. This will also provide people living in Western Sydney the chance to work locally so they can spend less time commuting and more time with their families.

Precincts - a new approach

The Minister for Planning and Public Space has recently announced a new approach to precinct planning in NSW. This will mean that the Department will continue to prepare, finalise and maintain strategic plans for the growth area.


The WSEA was established to supply employment land close to major road transport and provide jobs for Western Sydney.

Development Control Plans

Development proposals in the Western Sydney Employment Area must relate to a development control plan which establishes a master plan for the proposal and surrounding areas.


The following development control plans are in place in the Western Sydney Employment Area:

Further development control plans will follow as planning for the area progresses.


Oakdale East Estate Development Control Plan

The Development Control Plan (DCP) was finalised in September 2019. This DCP is for the southern portion of the Oakdale East Estate at 224-398 Burley Rd, Horsley Park.  The DCP will enable development on the site including a masonry plant and warehousing and distribution facilities. The final DCP can be viewed on the Planning Portal.


The DCP was required under Clause 18 of the Western Sydney Employment Area SEPP and was drafted in consultation with Fairfield Council and other state government agencies. The draft DCP was on exhibition from 25 January 2019 to 28 February 2019.

Ropes Creek Draft Development Control Plan on Exhibition

We exhibited a draft development control plan (DCP) for the Ropes Creek area in Western Sydney. The draft DCP has been developed in close consultation with Blacktown City Council and is supported by a series of technical studies which address key considerations for the planning of the site. View the draft DCP and submissions at the Department's Plans Policies website. We will review all of the submissions received and prepare a finalisation report.

Extending the Western Sydney Employment Area

In April 2014, the Commonwealth Government confirmed Sydney’s second airport would be built at Badgerys Creek, near the Western Sydney employment area. This means we can expect the Western Sydney Employment Area to provide more than the 57,000 jobs we had predicted over the next 30 years, and the 212,000 jobs we had forecast for the longer term.


The extension to the Western Sydney Employment Area will not involve the rezoning of land.


If we need to rezone any land, we will undertake a detailed assessment and display the proposals for public comment.


All future development proposals will also be required to comply with existing air, noise, and environmental controls as regulated by Commonwealth and State Legislation as part of the development assessment process.

Western Sydney Employment Area Legislation

Development in the Western Sydney employment area is governed by the State Environmental Planning Policy (Western Sydney Employment Area) 2009.

Land at Mamre West rezoned

Following extensive consultation, the rezoning of the southern portion of the Mamre West Precinct was finalised in June 2016 and new planning controls were introduced to enable industrial development within the Western Sydney Employment Area. For more information please refer to the following:

You can also view the Mamre Road Planning Agreement at the Department's VPA Register website and the submissions and exhibition documents at the Department's Plans Policies website for further information.

Draft plans for land at Horsley Park

Draft plans to change the way land is used near Burley Road and Greenway Place in Horsley Park were exhibited for public comment from 22 September until 2 November 2015. You can view the submissions, exhibition documents and the frequently asked questions for more information.

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