The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure has released draft plans to revitalise 18.6 hectares of government land at Wentworth Point, an industrial area that will be transformed into 2,300 new homes and public access along 1.2 kilometres of the Sydney Harbour foreshore.
“These plans will help turn this site into a vibrant community and open space close to transport, infrastructure and jobs,” said the department’s deputy director-general of planning strategy, housing and infrastructure Stephen McIntyre.
“The plans will help us meet Sydney’s housing needs while at the same time create new open space and recreation trails along Sydney Harbour, in line with the aims of our draft Metropolitan Strategy.”
The Wentworth Point Urban Activation Precinct rezoning proposal includes a 3.9 hectare peninsula park along with three new parks; foreshore bike lanes and walking paths, opening up the area to public access for the first time. An 19-classroom school complete with playing fields is also expected to be built by 2017.
Nearby roads will be upgraded to accommodate the increased population, a range of low and mid and high-rise residential buildings will be built, as will a new maritime uses precinct adjacent to Homebush Bay with a rowing/kayaking facility, dry boat storage and supporting retail and businesses. The whole project is to be developed over the next 20 years.
Sydney Harbour ferry services will be expanded and residents will be able to take advantage of the new proposed bridge across Homebush Bay to access Rhodes railway station.
“Being surrounded by parklands and water will provide residents with access to a range of recreational activities, with almost one-third of the site set aside as publicly accessible open space,” McIntyre said. “Additionally, Wentworth Point is close to both the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs, providing residents with good access to jobs and transport.”
The site, owned by the NSW Government, is an empty space. It is currently home to some industrial activities such as machinery storage and a truck depot and was identified in March as one of eight initial Urban Activation Precincts across the city.
Along with plans for Epping Rd in North Ryde, Wentworth Point has been placed on public exhibition and will receive a portion of $50 million in funding to improve local infrastructure including parks and community facilities.
When completed, the site is expected to form part of a wider Parramatta River and Homebush Bay cycling and walking trail.
The plan underlines the NSW government’s objective to improve the connections between new residential buildings and nearby infrastructure and services.
“The Urban Activation Precincts program is one part of a massive housing supply program announced by the NSW Government this year, for up to 172,000 new homes across Sydney,” McIntyre said.
The proposal will be exhibited until August 16 along with the planning detailed report, technical studies, the draft Development Control Plan, the statement of intended effect and the draft maps.
Community information sessions will be held on July 25 and 27 in the Sydney Department of Planning & Infrastructure information centre, Auburn City Council and Newington Library.