State Government increases proposed housing density in Homebush

For the seventh time in 17 years, a plan has been unveiled to revamp a tired and congested Parramatta Road.

Earlier this week, Planning Minister Rob Stokes released the draft Parramatta Road strategy which will allow around $28 billion worth of development over the next 30 years.

But while the housing targets have decreased from 50,000 to 40,000 new homes, Homebush will still bear the brunt of the development.

Strathfield MP Jodi McKay said that while she was pleased with Mr Stokes’ co-operation, she is concerned that the plan will not hold property developers into account.

According to the report, all of North Strathfield will be rezoned to allow heights of eight to 12 stories and in Homebush, 25 stories.

“More than half of the dwellings proposed are in the Strathfield electorate and the majority of those in North Strathfield, Concord West and Homebush. Concord West is now included in the plan. In fact the number of dwellings has increased in these areas, not reduced.

“The population in Homebush will grow from 4,693 to 25,929 and in the report, the projection expects the area to grow from 1,721 homes to 14,228. That means 54 per cent of the plan will be in the Strathfield electorate.”

Ms McKay is also concerned that there is no definitive light rail plan and that the strategy does not accommodate the Strathfield Town Centre plan.

“In the strategy, light rail from Parramatta through Olympic Park to Strathfield gets a mention as one of four routes. The Government has delayed and dithered on confirming this route.

“That face that the majority of development will be in the Homebush precinct adds to the need to move quickly on light rail. There should have been a commitment to light rail down Parramatta Road (rapid transport) and from Parramatta to Strathfield.

“The Strathfield Town Centre has also not been included in the plan – it must be included and I have urged the Planning Minister to include in the final document. The Council has done a significant amount of work and wants to partner with Urban Growth.”

Mr Stokes told The Daily Telegraph that the plan had been developed with the 10 councils along the corridor and community consultation.

‘This draft plan has been a collaborative effort, and I’m pleased it addresses community feedback which called for more details about public transport, better walking and cycling options, as well as proposed building heights and density,” he said.

“The precinct plans provide principles and targets for growth and development, an integrated land use and transport plan prepared jointly by UrbanGrowth NSW and Transport for NSW.”

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