Parramatta Makeover Options Revealed

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Areas on Parramatta Road’s fringe will be evolved into creative centres and transport hubs and 50,000 homes will be built as part of a plan to give the tired CBD-west link a facelift.

The NSW government has revealed potential changes for eight precincts along Parramatta Road that will be impacted by its long-term plan to transform the corridor.

The draft Parramatta Road Urban Renewal strategy will be open to community feedback from Monday.

It’s estimated 51,600 more people will call areas along the urban spine – including Auburn, Homebush, Burwood, Granville and Leichhardt – home by 2031.

Parramatta Road takes up to 100,000 vehicle trips per day in parts but manages to be one of the most unattractive and congested corridors in Sydney.

The state government wants to change the road’s appearance with initiatives such as better landscaping, street furniture, cycle paths and underground cabling, according to the draft strategy.

But that will be a smaller feat compared to the development foreshadowed for eight “urban renewal” precincts neighbouring the road.

Granville could evolve to support Sydney’s second largest centre – Parramatta, according to the strategy.

The state government says existing industrial lands and jobs at Clyde could be maintained and a new bus interchange built in Granville – an area that could see between 16,000-19,000 new dwellings beyond 2050.

The plan outlines a more creative approach for areas on the CBD end of the road, including Leichhardt.

Areas in Homebush could be built up with residential high rise development partly because of its access to three railway stations.

Out of the eight precincts along the arterial road, Homebush could be home to most of the population growth by 2031.

Planning Minister Pru Goward said the project would be made possible by WestConnex, which would be an alternative route for heavy vehicles.

“The 20-year urban transformation of Parramatta Road will help create up to 50,000 jobs and 50,000 new homes,” she said.

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