The suburbs of Burwood, Strathfield & Homebush are set to become Priority precincts, as announced by the NSW Government. This will involve more high density around the suburbs transport nodes, mainly there well-served railway station.
Here is a run-down of some frequently asked questions which will help indicate the future direction of the precinct.
Why is this precinct of interest?
The three station centres of Homebush, Strathfield and Burwood have strong public transport links, including the Western and Inner West train lines and frequent and efficient bus services to Parramatta and to the Sydney CBD.
Both Sydney CBD and Parramatta CBD are a short train journey making them suitable for the location of more homes. Government’s investment in light rail and the renewal of Parramatta Road made possible by WestConnex are opportunities to grow these vibrant centres.
How will infrastructure be planned and funded?
With increased population and more housing, infrastructure and open space are needed. Councils deliver infrastructure such as local roads and parks which are funded by council rates or by developers.
When more significant state infrastructure, such as emergency services, schools, state and district roads, district open space and transport facilities, are needed, the Planning Minister will consider declaring the precinct a Special Contribution Area. This means infrastructure will be funded by developers through a Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC).
What are the benefits to the community?
Living and working near to public transport, shops and services makes life more convenient and enjoyable. Having a range of housing helps people live close to family and friends, no matter what their life stage.
Better coordination across government helps ensure infrastructure such as schools, parks, community facilities, public transport and road upgrades is delivered to support community needs.
How can the community get involved?
We work closely with the community, councils and other stakeholders on a range of opportunities to participate in planning for each precinct. This includes surveys, project updates, social media, public events, face to face meetings and formal submissions.
Before we start preparing plans we’d like to hear from you about what you value about your area, what works well and what could be improved.
Information for this precinct was taken from the NSW Planning fact sheet.