High density housing coming to 25 Sydney suburbs after plans leaked

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Land around eight train stations will be rezoned to allow for high density development in the hope of creating tens of thousands of new homes and affordable housing.

Plans accidentally published by Transport for NSW on Tuesday revealed 45,000 new homes will be created within four years around the stations in an attempt to combat the state’s crippling housing crisis.

The Transport Oriented Development Program is the Minns government’s signature housing policy and phase one will see land directly rezoned by the government to “allow for more new and affordable homes”

Land within 1200 metres of Metro and heavy rail stations in Bankstown, Bays West, Bella Vista, Crows Nest, Homebush, Hornsby, Kellyville and Macquarie Park will be rezoned.

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Camera IconA ring of 1200m around eight stations will be rezoned to allow high density developments in phase one. NCA NewsWire/Simon Bullard Credit: News Corp Australia
Camera IconIt’s understood the Minns government had planned to unveil the program this week but it was accidentally released online. NCA NewsWire / David Swift Credit: News Corp Australia

The second phase of the program will see the state government impose new planning controls within 400m of 31 train stations across the state to “allow the development of more multi-storey housing”.

Sydney stations include Marrickville, Dulwich Hill, Ashfield, Croydon, and Canterbury in the Inner West and St Marys, Lidcombe, Berala and Wiley Park in the west.

Roseville, Lindfield, Killara, and Gordon will be rezoned in the North Shore and Turella, Banksia, Rockdale, and Kogarah in the south.

Stations at The Central Coast, Illawarra, and Newcastle/Hunter regions will also be impacted by the second phase of changes.

Camera IconPhase two will see new planning controls put in place around 31 NSW train stations to allow for more unit blocks. . NCA Newswire / Gaye Gerard Credit: News Corp Australia

Rezonings are expected to be completed by November 2024 and development applications are predicted to be lodged from July 2025.

The first homes are expected to be built by November 2027.

The documents state that housing “is the NSW government’s top priority”.

“We need to work together to address the housing crisis,” the plan read.

“We are working on a plan to create connected cities with well-located homes close to transport, jobs and services. This includes greater choice of housing types where people want to live.”

Originally published as High density housing coming to 25 Sydney suburbs after plans leaked

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