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An iconic landmark, Central Station, is at the heart of a revitalisation of Sydney’s southern CBD. Central Station is a key hub in the NSW rail network and it will soon become a major interchange with the new Sydney Metro and an expanded Sydney Light Rail network.


Identification of the site as a State Significant Precinct (SSP) represents the next step in facilitating the renewal of the area as the Department and the City of Sydney work collaboratively to plan for the future of the area.


NSW Government investment and the continuing expansion of the CBD presents a unique opportunity to transform one of the largest and busiest transport hubs and create a tech and innovation precinct that will reinforce Sydney’s role as a global city. This revitalisation reflects what the community want for the grand landmark station and recognises its iconic place in Sydney’s history and future.


The Central Precinct SSP is an area of approximately 24 hectares and is bounded by Pitt Street and Regent Street to the west, Cleveland Street to the south, Eddy Avenue, Hay Street and Goulburn Street to the north, and Elizabeth Street and Chalmers Street to the east. The Precinct is located at the southern end of the commercial core in the Harbour CBD.


Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is developing a vision for the growth and development of this precinct and is preparing a Strategic Framework to guide future detailed planning of the area.


TfNSW has additionally requested a sub-precinct within the proposed SSP boundary for early consideration for rezoning. The “Western Gateway” sub-precinct includes the Central YHA site, Adina Hotel and the Henry Deane Plaza.

What Happens Next

The site has now been confirmed as a State Significant Precinct.


The Department will be seeking to finalise a collaboration agreement with the City of Sydney and the Greater Sydney Commission to document how the three agencies will collectively share responsibility for the planning of the Precinct,


TfNSW will also commence preparation of a Strategic Framework to guide future detailed planning of the Central Precinct SSP. The Strategic Framework will address key matters including vision, priorities, public space, strategic connections, design excellence and identify sub-precincts for future detailed planning and will be informed by previous community consultation undertaken by TfNSW in 2016 and 2018.


TfNSW will also continue to consult with the community at key stages of the planning process.  The Strategic Framework will be placed on exhibition for public comment concurrently with the stage one rezoning of the Western Gateway.


Working collaboratively, the  Department, the City of Sydney and the Greater Sydney Commission will consider submissions received during the exhibition period before finalising the Strategic Framework and making a recommendation to the Minister for Planning for the Western Gateway rezoning. Any future proposal and their impacts, including the Western Gateway rezoning proposal, will be subject to full merit assessments, will need to be consistent with the vision and principles established in the Strategic Framework and be subject to a design excellence process, including a design competition. 

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Page last updated: 12/07/2019