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The Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy provides a planned approach to growth, with infrastructure delivery and development co-ordinated along the corridor.


The Strategy plans for new homes and jobs over the next 20 years and builds on the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project.


There are 11 station precincts within the corridor. They are already great places to live, and each has its own unique qualities. This Strategy will enhance the precincts by: valuing neighbourhood character, renewing town centres, providing improved open spaces and community services and facilities.


Exhibition on the revised draft Strategy closed on 3 September. We are now considering the community submissions and working on the Final Strategy. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

Planned Precinct

Canterbury was announced as a Planned Precinct by the NSW Government as part of a housing affordability package on 1 June 2017. Planning for these Precincts is coordinated by state and local governments, helping ensure infrastructure such as schools, parks, community facilities, public transport and road upgrades is delivered to support community needs.


Master planning for this Precinct will start shortly and will:

  • build on the precinct plans developed as part of the Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy
  • involve more detailed studies and community consultation
  • result in rezoning of the precinct.


How we're planning for Canterbury

Infographic: 1 Strategic Planning: Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy exhibited and being finalised (we are here in the process)Infographic: 2 Project establishment - DEP, Canterbury Bankstown Council and state agencies work in collboration to carry out additional planning studies
Infographic: 3 Precinct Planning - DPE evaluates reports and prepares exhibition material for the precinctInfographic: 4 Exhibition - The precinct plan is exhibited and the community is encouraged to have its say on the plan
Infographic: 5 Finalisation - The final report is prepared and a recommendation is made to the Minister for Planning based on community feedbackInfographic: 6 Determination - Rezonining determination is made by the Minister


Our vision for Canterbury is:

  • A reinvigorated town centre within the Canterbury Station Precinct that supports the South District of Metropolitan Sydney.
  • Establish a new retail strip along Robert and Jeffrey Street extending from Canterbury station.
  • New open space areas and community facilities that will support the growing population, in particular along the Cooks River foreshore.
  • Protect and establish a built form that respects existing and potential heritage items.
  • Enhance connections between Canterbury Town Centre and Cooks River.
  • A proposed new park along the rail line could provide a new and interesting place for leisure and recreation.


What’s changed

This map shows the key changes that have been made to the Canterbury Station Precinct Plan as a result of your feedback.


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The following key actions will be delivered in the next 12 months:


Action Description
Design of the GreenWay South West The Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) is preparing a concept landscape master plan for a shared pedestrian and cycle link and linear park should surplus rail land become available.
Public Domain and Station Access Plan Sydney Metro will prepare a Public Domain and Station Access Plan for improved station design, accessibility and interchange with other modes of transport. The new metro station at Canterbury will provide improved pedestrian and bicycle access.
Finalisation of the Strategy and Local Planning Direction DP&E will finalise the Strategy including a local planning direction (a Section 9.1 Direction) to guide future development.
Special Infrastructure Contribution DP&E is preparing a draft Special Infrastructure Contribution plan (SIC) to identify the regional infrastructure improvements required to support growth in the Corridor. The SIC levy will fund a range of community, transport and open space infrastructure.
Planning for Schools The Department of Education will identify locations for new or expanded schools within the corridor based on the growth proposed in the Strategy
Precinct Support Scheme Funding DP&E will provide funding to Councils through the Precinct Support Scheme to improve amenity and infrastructure within the Corridor.
Canterbury Road Review A review of planning controls along Canterbury Road has commenced and is expected to be concluded this year.
Priority Precinct Rezoning Canterbury Station Precinct has been identified as a Priority Precinct. DP&E will work with Council to prepare a master plan to support rezoning of the area including Canterbury Racecourse.
Heritage Conservation Canterbury Bankstown Council will progress a planning proposal to protect newly identified heritage items across the Canterbury Station Precinct.


Next steps

We will use community feedback to produce the final Strategy. Once finalised, we will continue to work with stakeholders to deliver the Strategy and plans over the coming years including master planning and rezoning of Canterbury.

Previous feedback

We released the initial draft Strategy and precinct plans in October 2015. Over the past 18 months we’ve also been talking and listening to community feedback to develop the revised draft strategy. You told us:

  • Heritage needs to be conserved particularly in blocks bounded by Church Street, Canterbury Road, Floss Street, Melford Street and Canberra Street.
  • Maintaining low density on Redman Street, Waratah Street and Emu Street will help to provide housing choice
  • Industrial and underutilised land along Canterbury Road is preferred for increased development.
  • Canterbury Racecourse should be considered for potential residential development and public open space.
  • Priority bus corridors and other measures to improve public transport needs to be planned for along Canterbury Road.
  • Canterbury town centre needs to be revitalised with a new civic hub, including improvements to the streetscape and existing public open space.
  • More community facilities such as child care and schools are needed to service the increased population.
  • Good design of new apartment development is important.


More detailed information on your feedback can be found in the Canterbury Station Precinct Plan.

Page last updated: 04/07/2019