Sydenham-to-Bankstown Urban Renewal Strategy handed back to councils

The NSW Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts, has announced that the government will hand responsibility for strategic planning along the Bankstown rail line, which is to be converted to a higher-frequency 'metro' rail service by 2024, to local councils.

The decision followed ongoing community opposition to Mirvac's rezoning proposal which included a 35 storey high rise development in Carrington Road, as part of the Sydenham-to-Bankstown Urban Renewal Strategy.

The Government had been preparing to gazette the Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy, which would have imposed new increased residential densities in Sydenham, Marrickville and Dulwich Hill in the Inner West as well as in precincts across the Canterbury Bankstown local government area.

Mayor of Inner West Council, Darcy Byrne, said the decision was a huge win for the community.

“We’ve fought long and hard to put an end to developer driven planning proposals in this corridor, and today we are thrilled to take back control of planning for Sydenham, Marrickville and Dulwich Hill,” he said.

“I thank Minister Roberts for listening to the community. We will now work in good faith with the Department of Planning on a plan for the area that will include new housing and, importantly, the social and transport infrastructure to make development sustainable.

“This proposal would have destroyed more than 1000 jobs and resulted in the forced closure of a whole cluster of businesses that are central to Sydney’s creative industries.

“Our new plans will be developed by the community, not multinational developers, because this is Marrickville, not Mirvac-ville.”

The Property Council NSW said the shelving of the Sydenham-to-Bankstown Urban Renewal Strategy means a new plan and timeframe for finalising a vision for the corridor is needed.

“The decision by the Government to shelve the Strategy means we need a new plan; one that provides enough homes for our growing population, jobs for local people and appropriate local infrastructure within a clear and achievable timeframe,” Property Council NSW Executive Director Jane Fitzgerald said today.

“This will be a major challenge for local government given how out of date some of the local planning instruments are; the Marrickville LEP has been in place since 2011.

“The inner west of Sydney will grow by another 51,800 people by 2036, (28.7 per cent) according to State Government figures and the area already faces rental and housing affordability issues.

“The local planning instruments need to be urgently updated to ensure enough housing and associated infrastructure can be provided to accommodate the needs of the community and surrounding areas – good long-term planning is the key.

“The Greater Sydney Commission’s plans provide a roadmap that all levels of government must commit to following – we have the plans, now we need to implement them.

“We know that good long-term planning, well informed decisions on infrastructure and sound metropolitan governance are critical to improved liveability.”

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