Around 11,000 new houses, along with parks, shopping areas, road upgrades and schools, are part of the new housing plans that would boost Western Sydney’s housing and job market.
Minister for Planning Pru Goward has said: “Land releases at Leppington and around the future Cudgegong Road Station will unlock 11,000 new houses, along with the shops, cafes, parks, road upgrades and schools that will help make them homes.”
“Our plan means future residents will live close to new shops, can choose from all sorts of different styles of homes, and have access to terrific new public transport services,” Ms Goward said.
“This is yet more proof that this Government is planning for the future by ensuring growth areas have essential infrastructure before the people move in. This avoids having to play catch up afterwards, which was the costly legacy of Labor’s planning failures.”
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said the Cudgegong Road precinct plans include up to 4,000 new homes. “People living in the new precinct will have great public transport services, with a train at least every five minutes in peak times at Cudgegong Road,” Mr Conolly said.
More new homes would also offer new jobs. “With 16,000 square metres of retail space for new shops, restaurants and cafes and other services, the Cudgegong Road precinct will generate more local jobs.”
Member for Camden Chris Patterson said plans for the Leppington precinct also ensure the right community facilities will be in place to support up to 7,000 homes. “There are 56 hectares of parks and open space, as well as potential sites for four new primary schools, a new high school and plans to upgrade Rickard Road,” Mr Patterson said.
Public comment will be sought on the land release, which represents 900 hectares set aside for new housing, around five times the size of Centennial Park. The plans come at the same time new data showed Western Sydney was leading the State’s housing boom, with around 11,000 new homes built in Western Sydney in 2013/14. Trains will start running on the $2.1 billion, 11.4 kilometre South West Rail Link in 2015, while the $280 million Camden Valley Way upgrade is due to be completed in 2016.