NSW Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts and Social Housing Minister Pru Goward last week released a rezoning proposal that aims to transform Telopea with thousands of new homes and a town centre.
The proposal sets out the guidelines over the next two decades for more homes close to jobs and services in the growing area in Sydney's north-west. It includes plans for improved open spaces, a new community centre and a potential new town centre alongside the light-rail stop.
Under Communities Plus, the NSW Government's social housing building program, between 4,500-4,900 new social, affordable and private homes are to be built at the site, which is located 4 kilometres from Parramatta.
"The Parramatta Light Rail will become the catalyst for the renewal of this neighbourhood along the new light rail route," Mr Roberts said.
"This is a growing community and we want to make it a better place to live with a variety of new homes, quality open space and an attractive town centre.
"This is a great opportunity to upgrade social housing and unlock additional housing supply in a renewed Telopea that is well-connected, diverse and cohesive, as well as being an attractive place to live."
Mr Roberts said the community would benefit from the NSW Government's $73.3 billion investment in transport infrastructure.
"Thanks to the new light rail, this suburb will be directly connected to the leading education and health services of Westmead as well as the vibrant street life, galleries, performance venues, museums and a thriving innovation sector at Parramatta."
Ms Goward said the redevelopment of Telopea will increase the supply of social and affordable housing in the area.
"Telopea will be the next major Communities Plus precinct, with a mix of brand new social, affordable and private dwellings that will transform the lives of people living in social housing," Ms Goward said.
The rezoning proposal is on public exhibition from today until 24 November. 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-cont/Telopea-Precincts>.