News Date: 11 Sep 2017
A key government site in inner city Redfern which could deliver new homes, including more social housing, has been nominated as a State Significant Precinct.
Brendan Nelson, Deputy Secretary at Department of Planning and Environment, said the NSW Government owned 1.1-hectare site on Elizabeth St, opposite Redfern Oval, provides a unique opportunity for this area to be revitalised.
“This precinct is within easy walking distance of Redfern Station and the proposed Waterloo Metro Quarter, making it an ideal location to deliver more social housing as part of a mixed community while at the same time contributing to housing supply in Sydney generally,” Mr Nelson said.
“This site will provide a significant supply of housing in a key location less than 3km from the Sydney CBD which aligns with the NSW Government’s goal to renew and grow the supply of social, affordable and private housing in accessible locations.
“This project will inspire a cohesive community with the inclusion of a new multi-purpose community centre and recreational facilities for residents.”
There is the opportunity for the staged redevelopment of the site which could enable the
Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) to continue activities in their existing leased building in the southern end of the site.
The Department of Planning and Environment is working closely with the Department of Family and Community Services, to deliver more social housing in the inner city and furthers the aim of the Communities Plus program.
The Department will engage with other government agencies and the City of Sydney to prepare study requirements that address technical, social, economic and environmental aspects of the site and will assess the proposal.
Consultation with the community will be a vital part of the planning process.
Source: NSW Government
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