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Revised Draft Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy on exhibition

The much-anticipated revised draft Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy has been placed on public exhibition by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

Built form typologies for Campsie station

The draft strategy sets the strategic framework for future growth in housing and employment along the 11km corridor for the next 20 years.

A key driver for the land use strategy is to coordinate an appropriate land use and density in response to the foreshadowed Metro Southwest line, which is anticipated in 2024. The upgrade of the Bankstown line to a Metro system will increase network frequency, capacity and reliability, supporting the need to capitalise on increased access provided. This will align with the ambition to deliver upon the principles of a 30-minute city, encouraging housing within easy access of transport infrastructure that will link to surrounding jobs and services located in Strategic and District Centres within Greater Sydney.

The draft Strategy was initially exhibited in October 2015 and attracted a significant number of submissions. Post exhibition, the Department engaged with Councils and State agencies, community groups and undertook further technical studies to inform the revised draft strategy. The key changes to the revised draft strategy include:

  • updates to land use designations throughout the corridor

  • the identification of Canterbury, Campsie, Belmore and Lakemba Priority Precincts

  • a tailored vision and strategic intent for each precinct to inform future changes to the planning framework

  • further detail on built form typologies within the precincts, including more defined height ranges for certain locations

  • detail on proposed planning pathways for rezonings for each station precinct

  • identified infrastructure items to be delivered to support future growth within the corridor.


Community infrastructure

The revised strategy provides greater detail on infrastructure requirements to support the increased population within the corridor. These range from local amenity improvements, such as improved pedestrian footpaths to regional infrastructure works, such as new schools and additional open space.

An infrastructure schedule has been prepared for each station precinct that identifies required infrastructure. The funding mechanism for each listed item is still to be detailed, though most are likely to be funded through local mechanisms, such as section 94 contributions, works-in-kind and voluntary planning agreements. The Department indicates that some funding will be provided by the State government to support future growth within the corridor, including a Special Infrastructure Contribution and the Precinct Support Scheme.


Built form amendments

The revised draft strategy outlines general design principles for each housing typology as part of the future built form of precincts within the corridor. Key amendments include:  

  • more defined height ranges across the built form typologies

  • general descriptions of the desired built form for each land use designation along with specific design guidelines that are to be incorporated for certain sites, such as active uses, podium heights and setbacks

  • inclusion of transition edges that aim to provide a sensitive interface with surrounding lower density areas.


Strategic intent

The strategic intent outlines the principles and desired outcomes to guide future development within each precinct. The principles and desired outcomes generally range in detail, such as design or land use requirements on specified catalytic sites, to general requirements to provide affordable housing in accordance with State and local affordable housing policies.


Growth projections

Despite changes in land use designations, the revised draft strategy maintains a similar dwelling-take up as the previous draft strategy, projecting a dwelling take-up of 35,400 additional dwellings by 2036. The draft strategy also anticipates over 8,500 additional jobs will be provided within the corridor over the strategy’s 20-year life cycle. The breakdown of projected additional employment and dwellings for each precinct is outlined below.


Additional employment projection to 2036

Additional dwellings projection to 2036







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Priority Precinct investigation areas

In 2015, the former City of Canterbury Council, now Canterbury-Bankstown Council nominated Canterbury, Campsie and Belmore as Priority Precincts. The Minister for Planning recently confirmed these three as Priority Precinct investigation areas along with Lakemba.

Further work to inform the detailed land use and design controls for these precincts is expected to commence this year. This is expected to involve greater detail in precinct-specific strategies and initiatives for land use, urban design, transport and open space. Critically, this will identify changes in zoning, building heights and floor space ratios, along with the preparation of a Development Control Plans to guide design and built form outcomes.


Special Infrastructure Contribution

In addition to existing section 94 contribution provisions of each Council, the Department will implement a Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) to support regional infrastructure works within the corridor. This will include new and expanded schools, improved health facilities and regional open space and community facilities. The detail of the SIC levy is yet to be finalised.


Rezoning pathways

An amendment to existing Local Environment Plan (LEP) controls within the corridor can be undertaken by a proponent, council-led planning proposal, or a State-led Priority Precinct Proposal.

Areas outside of Priority Precinct investigation areas will require a planning proposal to amend zoning and/or planning controls of the relevant LEP. A planning proposal may be undertaken by a proponent or by Inner West and Canterbury-Bankstown Councils. Council may decide to undertake its own precinct planning study to amend its relevant LEP in accordance with the strategy once it is finalised in order to facilitate a consolidated, precinct-wide renewal approach.

The draft strategy will be supported by a Ministerial Direction to be issued by the Minister for Planning under section 117 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The section 117 Ministerial Direction will require the strategy to be considered when a Planning Proposal is prepared, assessed and determined in the corridor. The details of the section 117 Ministerial Direction for the Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy will be finalised as part of the final strategy. This is likely to include objectives and detail about how the direction applies to planning proposals within the corridor.


Next steps

The revised draft strategy and supporting studies  are on exhibition until September 2017.  See the Department’s video for more information.

Following consideration of the submissions, the strategy is anticipated to be finalised alongside the preparation of the SIC and the section 117 Ministerial Directions.

For more information, please contact Bernard Gallagher, Director on 9956 6962 or