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It is estimated that Sydney’s population will grow by approximately 1.7 million people over the next 20 years. To meet the needs of a bigger population, 725,000 new homes and 817,000 new jobs need to be provided within the Sydney metropolitan area. New infrastructure, such as trains, buses, parks and schools, will also be required to service this population. Increasing the capacity of the public transport network to assist in accommodating this growth is a key priority for the NSW Government, with several transport projects such as Sydney Metro currently under construction. Sydney Metro is a major infrastructure investment that will result in a significantly improved transport service. This investment justifies consideration of renewal of areas around new metro stations. However, renewal of existing urban areas is complex. Careful planning is required to ensure that renewal respects the existing character of the local area and provides good development outcomes.
The Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy provides a framework for development that is cohesive with the existing character and amenity. The Corridor Strategy also sets out actions for implementation and provides a detailed list of infrastructure required to support renewal. The Strategy proposes changes to land use and built form controls that would provide over 35,000 dwellings to be constructed across the 11 Station Precincts. It will encourage more jobs for this growing population.
The Corridor Strategy has been the subject of extensive public consultation and detailed review. The Department of Planning and Environment has worked extensively with Inner West Council and Canterbury-Bankstown Council as part of this process. A number of changes have been made since the Corridor Strategy was exhibited. These changes respond to feedback regarding the preferred future character of individual Station Precincts within the corridor. The revised Strategy acknowledges the uniqueness of each of the Station Precincts. Local values and aspirations for each individual Station Precinct are captured in precinct visions and embedded in the planning rationale. The revised Strategy offers an improved plan for homes and supporting infrastructure along the corridor. Finally, the revised Strategy demonstrates we have heard what the local community had to say about their area when consultation was undertaken on the 2015 draft Strategy