Green light for new $709 million urban neighbourhood in Sydney

19/12/2013 3:11 pm

Lend Lease

The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure has approved a concept plan for a new urban neighbourhood at the Sydney Entertainment Centre site.

A concept plan for a new urban neighbourhood at the Sydney Entertainment Centre site has been approved by the department.

The plans were proposed by developer Lend Lease and form part of the broader Darling Harbour Master Plan, rejuvenating one of Sydney's most important cultural and entertainment areas.

The concept plan opens the way for the construction of up to 1400 new apartments and 1000 student beds. New retail and commercial spaces will ensure the area becomes a vibrant hub for both work and play. Two new public spaces will be created, including an urban square.

NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard welcomed the approval of the plans.

“Whatever your interest, whether it be won tons or waterfront, you will find it here.” Mr Hazzard said.

Developer Lend Lease’s approved proposal for the site includes:

  • Nearly 150,000m2 of residential floor space, with the capacity to accommodate an estimated 1,360 new dwellings and 422 student accommodation units;
  • Nearly 50,000m2 of non-residential floor space, for commercial or retail use;
  • A major pedestrian boulevard running north-south through the precinct, including street furniture and public art spaces, and two secondary public domain areas; and
  • New streets and laneways to improve access to surrounding areas.
“More than 2,000 construction jobs and more than 2,000 ongoing jobs will result in this precinct,” Mr Hazzard said.
Public submissions made during the exhibition of the concept proposal had identified several key issues, including overshadowing, privacy and view loss but the department’s assessment report concluded that these impacts are acceptable.
Lend Lease has also lodged development applications for individual student accommodation, residential and commercial office projects within the new neighbourhood. These will need to be approved before construction can begin.

Find out more about the project here