The State Government has announced plans to transform the run-down industrial area of Wentworth Point. Source: Supplied
MORE Sydneysiders will get a chance at living the dream in a waterfront suburb after the State Government announced the expansion of a new housing development today.
About 2300 homes are to be built on former industrial land at Wentworth Point adjoining Sydney Olympic Park where the Parramatta River morphs into Sydney Harbour.
NEW HOUSING FOR WENTWORTH POINT, MACQUARIE PARK
Planning Minister Pru Goward said the new 18 hectare development was ideally placed.
“Wentworth Point lies between Sydney’s two CBDs – the city and Parramatta – and means families can buy or rent homes close to jobs, transport and parks right on the edge of Sydney Harbour,” Ms Goward said.
Ms Goward said the growth would be supported by a new eastbound on-ramp from Hill Rd, which will link to the M4 motorway and WestConnex, an upgrade of the Sydney Olympic Park ferry wharf and a new 18-classroom school with playing fields to be built by 2017.
New parks would be built across one third of the precinct, including a 3.9 hectare park around the peninsula.
“Smarter planning means identifying under-utilised land where new homes can be built close to jobs and transport services,” Ms Goward said.
“The transformation of Wentworth Point into a vibrant community supporting 2,300 new homes will occur as improvements to local transport links are also coming on line, and this announcement follows lengthy consultation with council and the community.”
Housing development is to be expanded at Wentworth Point. Source: Supplied
Wentworth Point was reclaimed from mudflats on the riverbanks and is set to boast a marina, a promenade and dry storage for up to 200 boats.
Ms Goward said said the rezoning plans had received ‘’strong support’’ when placed on exhibition last year.
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But local residents say more needs to be done to improve infrastructure in the area before new homes are built.
In a letter to Ms Goward last month, the Wentworth Point community group said the area needed better roads, public transport and community facilities.
“However, this critical infrastructure has not been delivered, nor is there a commitment to provide very much.”
The State Government has released draft plans for the Herring Rd precinct at Macquarie Park for public comment Source: Supplied
The State Government has announced plans to transform not both the former industrial area at Wentworth Point and has released draft plans for the Herring Rd precinct in Macquarie Park.
About 7800 new homes in total would be built in the two suburbs as part of the government’s plans to build “urban activation precincts” close to public transport and jobs.
Up to 5400 new homes would be built in the Herring Rd precinct, which is bounded by Culloden, Talavera and Epping Roads, encompassing the Macquarie Park Shopping Centre, Macquarie University and Ivanhoe Estate.
- From: Northern District Times
- June 26, 2014 1:03PM