The state government has cleared the way for the construction of about 20,000 new homes near six rail stations in Sydney’s south-west.
Following a three-year consultation process, the Department of Planning and Environment this month finalised plans to rezone areas around train stations from Macquarie Fields to Macarthur on Sydney’s T8 or South rail line.
The most significant changes are set to occur around Macarthur and Campbelltown train stations. The department expects another 3600 dwellings to be built in the immediate vicinity of Campbelltown Station in the next 20 years, with more beyond that. The department is proposing clumps of high-density development to the north and south of Campbelltown Station, with no maximum building height.
Around Macarthur Station, the government is planning for 4650 new homes over the next 20 years. The plans are based around six storey residential-only apartment blocks, as well as larger mixed-used towers.
The station proposals, which will be given effect through planning decisions of Campbelltown City Council, are only part of a larger series of land-use changes in Sydney’s south-west.
The government has not finalised its plans for Glenfield Station. It is proposing to move Hurlstone Agricultural High School to the Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University, and use the large block of land the school is on for development.
And there is also no final plan yet for more land release further to Sydney’s south-west, in an area known as the Greater Macarthur Growth Area.
Both the Glenfield Station and Greater Macarthur proposals should be finished in 2018.
In relation to the land use changes near the other train stations, a deputy secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment, Brendan Nelson, said in a statement that the proposals would maintain the character of the existing areas, while identifying new opportunities for homes, roads and community facilities.
“We want to revitalise these areas around key transport infrastructure and provide a range of housing choice so families and extended families can live close to one another and near jobs in the regional city of Campbelltown, and the proposed Western Sydney Airport,” Mr Nelson said.
Residents raised strong concerns about the lack of commuter car parking near the stations. In response, the Department said the proposals did not remove any commuter car parking spots, but nor did they add to the number of parking spots.
Over the next 20 years, the government expects about 300 new homes to be built adjacent to Macquarie Fields Station, 1000 new homes at Ingleburn, 350 at Minto, and 1000 at Leumeah. The plans, however, envisage more dwellings beyond 2036.
In a statement, the general manager of Campbelltown City Council, Lindy Deitz, said the revised plans would guide development so that rezonings could occur.
“The revised strategy will guide development in this key area now that rezoning can occur. This corridor provides the opportunity for about 20,000 new homes and 21,000 jobs over 20-30 years,” Ms Deitz said.
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