Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush have been identified as priority precincts earmarked for growth and revitalisation to fast-track the building of new homes close to transport and services.
Brendan O’Brien, Executive Director, Urban Renewal at the Department of Planning and Environment said the expansion of the priority precincts across Sydney will mean thousands more homes will be delivered, creating vibrant communities that are supported by transport and key infrastructure.
“These new priority precincts will provide the necessary boost to housing supply by accelerating the rezoning process to allow for more modern, diverse housing developments to be built,” Mr O’Brien said.
“We are working closely with councils, state agencies and residents to solve problems and build communities that make sure people of all ages have a variety of housing choice close to transport, shops and jobs and with sufficient open space.”
Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush have been earmarked as priority precincts as they offer the opportunity to provide more homes close to jobs and services. These suburbs are well serviced by public transport, including the Western and Inner West train lines and frequent and efficient bus services to the Parramatta and Sydney CBDs.
Mr O’Brien said heritage items, which contribute so much to the character of an area, will continue to be protected and considered in the precinct plans.
“In developing the precinct plans we will ensure local character is recognised and urban design principles outlined in the Government Architect’s Better Placed are used.
“This will ensure good design and that these precincts are sustainable, adaptable, connected, and are safe and comfortable places.”
Future priority precinct investigations will include a review of essential infrastructure such as roads, schools and parks. Funding frameworks for infrastructure will be considered before any rezoning decisions are made.
The expansion of the priority precincts is part of the NSW Government’s comprehensive Housing Affordability package, which will support first homebuyers by boosting housing supply and delivering infrastructure to support growing communities across the state.
The Department is encouraging residents to have their say about what they value about their area, what works well and what could be improved.
A drop-in information session to find out about the planning process is being held for these precincts at Strathfield Library, 65-67 Rochester St, Homebush, on Saturday 24 June from 11am to 2pm. The community is encouraged to participate in an online survey at the event or online at www.planning.nsw.gov.au.