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Central Precinct is a State Significant Precinct (SSP) surrounded by leading universities and businesses.


Central SSP covers 24 hectares bounded by Pitt Street to the west, Cleveland Street to the south, Eddy Avenue to the north and Elizabeth Street to the east.


We are working with Transport for NSW (TfNSW), the City of Sydney and the Greater Sydney Commission to transform Central SSP into a technology and innovation precinct.


The precinct will be a leader in innovation, collaboration and jobs for the future as well as the epicentre of Tech Central. Stretching from Central Station to Camperdown, Tech Central will house start-ups, scale-ups and innovation ecosystem partners in 250,000 sqm of office space.

What’s happened so far

The first stage of planning for Central SSP is the Western Gateway sub-precinct, which was rezoned in August 2020.


The rezoning will enable the delivery of Atlassian’s new global headquarters and a significant redevelopment proposal from Dexus and Frasers.


The precinct will deliver 232,000 sqm of non-residential space for commercial, retail and hotel uses.


The draft rezoning package for the Western Gateway sub-precinct was exhibited from 16 October to 27 November 2019 alongside a Strategic Vision document which set out the vision, principles, future sub-precincts in Central SSP and context for the consideration of the Western Gateway proposal.


The finalisation report details changes to Sydney Local Environmental Plan (2012) (Sydney LEP) that will help facilitate the delivery of Tech Central and the Western Gateway sub-precinct.


The changes to Sydney LEP include: 

  • rezoning the land to B8 Metropolitan Centre;
  • introducing a site-specific provision for the sub-precinct that will:
    • allow an additional 232,000 sqm of floor space providing the building is for non-residential purposes;
    • introduce new requirements to ensure high-quality design;
    • include stricter control of overshadowing; and
    • increase the height of building controls to enable the additional floor space.


A Design Guide will be prepared to ensure high-quality design in the sub-precinct and the Strategic Vision will be finalised as a Strategic Framework. Once finalised, the Strategic Framework will set the vision and principles for future stages of planning in Central SSP.


The rezoning package, all finalisation documents and submissions are available on the Planning Portal.


Western Gateway Rezoning Package

What happens next

We will issue Study Requirements for the second stage of the SSP Study to determine the new statutory framework for the rest of the Central Precinct. This stage will involve technical analysis and community and stakeholder consultation.


We are continuing to work with TfNSW, the City of Sydney, Greater Sydney Commission and other Government agencies to enable development within the Central SSP.


Any future proposals for the Central SSP will be assessed for consistency with the final approved version of the Central Strategic Framework.

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Page last updated: 08/10/2020