18 July 2013 — The NSW state government has released draft plans for infrastructure to underpin housing growth on a former maritime industrial site at Wentworth Point, 20 kilometres north west of Sydney, as part of its Urban Activation Precincts program.
Plans for the site, which include 2300 homes and new open space along 1.2 kilometres of riverfront, were welcomed by the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW executive director Stephen Albin.
He said the plans were a “considered, strategic approach to housing delivery and the provision of much needed infrastructure in the west.
“The thing that separates this proposal from others in recent years is it appears to have a comprehensive infrastructure plan attached to it and from our market research we know this is at the forefront of community expectations.”
But Mr Albin warned on the need to avoid increased traffic congestion, and said timely delivery of Westconnex and other major road infrastructure needed to be an important part of the rollout.
The Department of Planning and Infrastructure draft plans are to revitalise the 18.6 hectare government owned site over the next 20 years.
Department’s Planning Strategy, Housing and Infrastructure deputy director-general Stephen McIntyre said almost one-third of the site set aside as publicly
accessible open space.
Key elements of the plan include:
- a new 3.9 ha peninsula park along with three new pocket parks
- foreshore cycling and walking paths at least 20 metre wide – opening up this area to public access for the first time
- an 18-classroom school with playing fields by 2017
- upgrades to nearby Hill and Bennelong Rds to accommodate the increased population
- a range of low, mid and high-rise residential buildings
- new maritime uses adjacent to Homebush Bay for rowing/kayaking facility, dry boat storage and supporting retail and businesses
Wentworth Point was identified in March as one of eight initial Urban Activation
Precincts across Sydney. Plans for North Ryde and Epping are also on public exhibition.
A detailed planning report, zoning maps and development control plan for Wentworth Point are on exhibition until 16 August and community information sessions are
being held on 25 and 27 July. Details here.