What: Parramatta North Urban Transformation Program
Council: Parramatta City Council
Total project area: Approximately 31 hectares (ha)
What’s proposed: The project seeks to renew an area of NSW Government owned land in Parramatta North, transforming it into a vibrant area that respects and preserves some of our most important heritage, whilst providing housing and employment opportunities for Parramatta and Greater Sydney.
The original framework masterplan comprised an area of 146ha of NSW Government land across four precincts: Parramatta Park Precinct, the Cumberland Precinct, Old Kings School Precinct and the Sports and Leisure Precinct
However, the focus of the current proposal is on two precincts covering an area of 31ha:
- Cumberland Precinct
- Part of the Sports and Leisure Precinct
The ‘Land Subject to Rezoning Plan’ shows the area that is subject to proposed changes to the planning controls. Parramatta Gaol was excluded from the project site as it was subject to a NSW Aboriginal Land Claim. This land claim was successful and ownership will be transferred to the Deerubbin Aboriginal Land Council.
Our role: UrbanGrowth NSW is working closely with a number of NSW Government agencies including NSW Health, Parramatta City Council and other stakeholders to develop a strategy for the area’s future. This project involves a coordinated whole-of-government approach, with many State Government agencies working together to achieve the best outcomes for the people of Parramatta and the future of Greater Sydney.
Where it’s up to: UrbanGrowth NSW has submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment proposed changes to the planning controls for urban transformation in Parramatta North, allowing for homes and employment opportunities in the area. The 31 ha area included in the proposal covers the Cumberland Precinct and part of the Sports and Leisure Precinct. The public exhibition period for the proposal ended on Friday 19 December 2014. Community members were encouraged to make formal submissions to the Department of Planning and Environment. The Department of Planning and Environment is considering public submissions and proposed changes to the planning controls. Following this, the Minister will determine the application.
In response to public submissions received by the Department of Planning and Environment, UrbanGrowth NSW has made a number of refinements to the proposed planning controls. The proposed planning controls are now available on the Department of Planning and Environment’s website. The documents can be viewed at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/parranorth. Changes to the proposed planning controls include:
- Removal of some of the previously exhibited buildings from within the heritage precinct
- Reduction in height of some of the previously exhibited buildings in and around the heritage precinct
- Relocation of some gross floor area to the eastern perimeter of the site
The project proposes to deliver:
- creation of a new, vibrant hub in Parramatta North
- restoration of heritage buildings and recognition of the social history associated with the site
- 4,100 new homes over the life of the project
- 4,000 (including 3,000 during construction) new jobs over the life of the project
- protection of areas with high environmental value, such as the riverbank corridors
- improved connections between the Parramatta CBD and Westmead
- new or improved social, cultural and recreational infrastructure for the Parramatta community and Greater Sydney to enjoy.