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Another 72,000 homes are to be built as part of the NSW Government’s 20 year plan for parts of western Sydney.
The development plan will stretch from Westmead and Parramatta through Sydney Olympic Park to Strathfield.
A contribution levy is expected to be introduced to fund the infrastructure needs of the area including open space, schools, roads and a light rail line. The size of the levy per dwelling has not yet been decided.
Planning Minister Anthony Roberts, has announced the establishment of the Greater Parramatta Priority Growth Area and release of the 20-year plan which will deliver more homes, jobs, open space and services.
However, Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Michael Daley accused the State Government of making a mess of planning across Sydney with tens of thousands of new homes announced without affordable housing targets or extra funding for infrastructure.
"Priority Growth Areas and Priority Precincts are a NSW Government scheme which allows the government to override local council planning controls and rezone entire areas for increased density, Mr Daley said.
Mr Roberts said the Land Use Infrastructure Implementation Plan responds to the Greater Sydney Commission’s draft vision for the Greater Parramatta to Olympic Park corridor.
“Greater Parramatta is a popular place for people to live, but has more room to grow. The plan will see more than 72,000 new homes built in the 12 precincts which will help first homebuyers get a foot on the housing ladder,” Mr Roberts said.
He said the aim was to create 110,000 new jobs by growing the knowledge economy along the corridor that will be serviced by the Parramatta light rail and Sydney Metro West.
“By growing Parramatta we are creating opportunity for people in Sydney to live closer to where they work and spend more time with family than commuting," he said
Covering more than 3,400 hectares, the growth area incorporates 12 precincts which will undergo urban transformation: Westmead, Parramatta North, Parramatta CBD, Harris Park and Rosehill, Rydalmere, Carlingford Corridor (including Telopea and Dundas), Silverwater, Camellia, Sydney Olympic Park and Carter Street, Homebush, Parramatta Road and Wentworth Point.
Parramatta State Liberal Member Geoff Lee said Parramatta was Greater Sydney’s true centre.
“Our goal with this plan is to provide a variety of homes close to where people work and play."
The public can give feedback during the four-week exhibition.
Mr Daley said the 72,000 extra dwellings planned for the Greater Parramatta Priority Growth Area would represent the largest growth area across Sydney, dwarfing the already massive Sydenham to Bankstown corridor.
"Despite proposing this massive increase in density, the State Government has provided no planning and no funding for the local schools, hospitals, and community facilities in the suburbs now facing tens of thousands of additional dwellings," he said.
“Without a large amount of these homes set aside for affordable housing, this Priority Growth Area will be a gift to foreign investors and domestic speculators, at the expense of local families."