The NSW Government is conducting investigations into revitalising the surrounds of St Leonards railway station and the proposed metro station at Crows Nest.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the NSW Government is working with local councils on a strategic planning investigation of the areas, which are both on the doorstep of Australia’s largest public transport project, the Sydney Metro.
“This investigation is ensuring that, as these suburbs grow, the local community reaps the benefits of that growth with better transport, improved public facilities and high-quality open space,” Mr Stokes said.
“The Sydney Metro is an exciting project for our city, and it makes sense to look at how we can revitalise areas around these stations to maximise the public benefits of this project.
“Now is the time to get the planning right, and ensure these areas are well designed and planned for the future.”
The Department of Planning and Environment has also approved a proposal to change planning controls at a site in Marshall Avenue to allow for more homes, office space and shops. Any future development on the site will require a contribution towards a new public place in the area.
The Department is working with Lane Cove, North Sydney and Willoughby Councils to investigate other ways to rejuvenate the area.
Member for Lane Cove Anthony Roberts said it was important the local community gained maximum benefit from the new Crows Nest station and the Sydney Metro.
“It is vital our local community can capitalise on the opportunities for new jobs, shops, cafes and, of course, world-class public transport,” Mr Roberts said.
Member for Willoughby Gladys Berejiklian said the revitalisation offered an opportunity for the needs of local residents to be considered.
“The Sydney Metro will bring exciting new opportunities for our local community and we want to make sure the needs of local residents are considered during the process,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Willoughby City Council Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said council is excited about its partnership with the Department.
“St Leonards has great access to world-class health facilities, plus a strong business sector and direct train access to the Sydney CBD, and this is the first step in the discussion about how we can maximise opportunities for the area into the future,” Ms Giles-Gidney said.
A Special Infrastructure Contribution levied on new development will be considered to fund necessary infrastructure to support and provide new homes, jobs and public spaces in the future.
Source: NSW Government
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