UPDATE| Info session on Bardwell Park-Turrella priority precincts pushed back a month 'so more people could attend'

Priority precinct centre: Diego De Diana with Tristan, 3, in the main street of Bardwell Park. Picture: John Veage

Priority precinct centre: Diego De Diana with Tristan, 3, in the main street of Bardwell Park. Picture: John Veage

Update Tuesday

A drop-in information session on the Bardwell Park and Turrella priority precincts was postponed for a month to give more people the chance to attend, the Department of Planning and Environment spokeswoman said.

The department made the decision “to ensure that as many people as possible were informed the session was being held and could plan to attend”, she said.

“Community feedback on the planning process is of great importance to the department and extra time was given to get people to the event in order to provide their views.”

Monday story

The state government has postponed for a month a drop-in information session on the Bardwell Park and Turrella priority precincts.

The event was to have been run by the Department of Planning and Environment on Tuesday, June 20, at Arncliffe.

It will now be held at Rockdale Library on Monday, July 24, from 4.30pm-7.30pm.

No reason was given for the postponement of the event, which is being organised by the Department of Planning and Environment.

Under the priority precinct model, streets within about 800 metres walking distance of railway stations are rezoned for high-rise and medium density housing.

Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts said in a statement Bardwell Park and Turrella had been identified as priority precincts “to fast-track the building of new homes close to transport and services”.

He said the creation of 15 more of these precincts across Sydney would “mean thousands more homes will be delivered, creating vibrant communities that are supported by transport and key infrastructure”.

“These new priority precincts will provide the necessary boost to housing supply by accelerating the rezoning process to allow for more modern, diverse housing developments to be built,” he said.

“This extra supply will help put downward pressure on house prices.

“We need to balance the growth challenges Sydney is facing with the need for unlocking more housing supply.

“The NSW government is working closely with councils, state agencies and residents to solve problems and build communities that make sure people of all ages have a variety of housing choice close to transport, shops and jobs and with sufficient open space.”.

Mr Roberts said Bardwell Park and Turrella had been earmarked as priority precincts as they offered the opportunity to provide more homes close to jobs and services.

“These suburbs are well serviced by public transport, including the Airport train line and frequent bus services to the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs.

“In developing the precinct plans, it’s vital the local character of this community is recognised and urban design principles outlined in the Government Architect’s Better Placed are used.

“This will ensure good design outcomes and that these precincts are sustainable, adaptable, connected and safe.

“It’s our mission to ensure that the people of Bardwell Park and Turrella and surrounding communities reap the benefits of this growth with improved community services and facilities, great open spaces and better pedestrian and cycling links.”.

Mr Roberts again avoided putting a dollar figure on how much government funding would be injected into new or upgraded community facilities.

”The NSW government understands the importance of delivering the necessary infrastructure to support new homes and jobs,” he said.

“Future priority precinct investigations will include a review of essential infrastructure such as roads, schools and parks. 

“Funding frameworks for infrastructure will be considered before any rezoning decisions are made.”

Mr Roberts encouraged residents to attend the drop-in information session and participate in an online survey at the event or online at: planning.nsw.gov.au.

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