AN updated plan to renew and reinvigorate the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor has the potential to deliver more than 35,000 new homes and 8,500 jobs along the new Sydney Metro train line, according to the NSW Government who released the plan for public exhibition last week.
The revised Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy will guide development in the 11 precincts along the 13.5-kilometre corridor over the next 20 years, and two areas where there was considerable community feedback – Hurlstone Park and Dulwich Hill – have seen a reduction on the number of dwellings planned for the area.
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the community played an integral part in the updated version of the strategy. "The community made it clear that each precinct along the corridor has its own unique character and we understand that keeping the local character of these precincts is vital," he said.
"We want to revitalise areas around the proposed Sydney Metro line with new homes, cafes, restaurants, shops and open space without compromising the neighbourhood character and heritage of areas like Marrickville, Hurlstone Park and Dulwich Hill," Mr Roberts said.
"But it is fundamental that we harness the benefits of the Sydney Metro, Australia's largest public transport project. The Sydney Metro is a once in a generation infrastructure project that will give the people along this train corridor some of the best public transport services in the world."
Mr Roberts said supply was the key in tackling housing affordability in Sydney and growth strategies such as the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor will make a positive impact.
"We need to balance the growth challenges Sydney is facing with the need to unlock more housing supply, offering a variety of housing choices for people of all ages close to transport and jobs," he said.
Mr Roberts said a key open space initiative of the strategy was a plan for a new 13-kilometre-long linear park from Lakemba to Punchbowl providing a key link in Sydney's Green Grid combining opportunities for walking, cycling, play and increased tree cover and planting.
"The park will be a green spine linking key destinations including Tasker and Belmore Parks and the Cooks River. We hope it will become a much-loved nature based destination for residents and visitors to the area," he said.
Some key changes in the revised strategy include:
- The number of homes forecast in the strategy for Hurlstone Park has reduced by more than 800 and more than 1400 in Dulwich Hill;
- Keeping more areas of low-density housing and identifying new and expanded potential heritage conservation areas in Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park and Marrickville to preserve local character and heritage;
- Canterbury, Campsie, Lakemba and Belmore have all recently been announced as priority precincts, bringing new opportunities for more homes and jobs along this transport corridor, with master planning to start this year;
- Planning for new, improved or expanded open space in areas where there is a significant increase in new homes;
- A new park proposed along the Sydney Metro train line between Sydenham and Bankstown; and
- Improved pedestrian and cycling connections across the corridor.
To advance some the local infrastructure and public domain improvements along the corridor, the Department of Planning and Environment will provide funding to the Inner West Council and Canterbury-Bankstown Council through the Precinct Support Scheme.
More information is available from the Department of Planning and Environment website at <http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-your-area/Priority-Growth-Areas-and-Precincts/Sydenham-to-Bankstown-Urban-Renewal-Corridor>. The exhibition period ends on 3 September 2017.