NSW Government plans to 'fast-track' rezoning at Hurlstone precinct

Glenfield Precinct map in December, 2019/

Glenfield Precinct map in December, 2019/

New homes in Glenfield are set to be fast-tracked with the NSW Government this week announcing plans to speed up rezoning in south-west Sydney.

More than 18,000 new homes across Macarthur have been earmarked for immediate rezoning to boost the region's housing supply.

A regional housing taskforce will also be set up to combat the housing supply shortage across NSW.

One of the planning housing developments expected to be fast-tracked through rezoning is the Glenfield Precinct around Hurlstone Agricultural High School.

The government says the precinct will feature approximately 7000 dwellings, six playing fields and 30 hectares of accessible open space.

About 50 hectares of land is set to be retained for agricultural pursuits at Hurlstone.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes made the fast-tracking announcement at a recent Urban Development Industry Association (UDIA) luncheon and said the government's focus was now on creating new 'greenfield' housing supply.

"It's clear that as a result of the pandemic, demand for greenfield housing has increased even more than anticipated so we are responding with new housing in some of Sydney's best growth areas, the south-west and the Macarthur," Mr Stokes said.

"Housing supply is not just important in Sydney but across our regions, which are experiencing strong growth as we bounce back from drought and as more people are working flexibly and remotely.

"This is why I am setting up a regional housing task force to report back by September on how we can better use the planning system and other levers to boost supply."

Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong has long opposed plans to 'overdevelop' the Glenfield precinct.

He told the Advertiser he remained steadfast in his opposition to the plans.

"It is unacceptable for an agricultural high school with Hurlstone's history and esteemed reputation to be swamped and dwarfed by overdevelopment," Mr Chanthivong said.

"It is equally unacceptable that south-west Sydney continues to bear the brunt of the Liberal Government's overdevelopment agenda - with no additional infrastructure or services.

"As I've said many times before, the farmland at Hurlstone needs to be protected from development for the good of the students and the local community.

"Hands of Hurlstone."

Mr Chanthivong noted the NSW Department of Primary Industries had also raised objections to the plans for redevelopment of land at the school site.

Another of the future developments that is expected to undergo fast-tracked rezoning is Lowes Creek Maryland.

The Macarthur Developments proposal encompasses 7000-homes in Bringelly on the site of the historic Maryland and Birling Homesteads.

The development would be the same size as Oran Park, with more than 23,000 people expected to live there.

The proposal includes plans for a shopping centre, 60 hectares of green space including 21 parks and public open spaces and six new playing fields, and a combined primary and high school.

Two sections of planned developments at Leppington, known as Leppington 2 and 5 are also expected to be rezoned immediately.

Leppington town centre was rezoned by the state government in 2013 and in 2017 it was identified as a 'priority precinct' because of its social, economic and environmental impacts on surrounding areas.

Its new town centre is expected to support the growing community with new schools, shops and services, as well as public transport and improved road infrastructure.

Under the government's plan to fast-track the housing development, up to 2400 new dwellings will be built including 1900 dwellings in stage two and 500 dwellings in stage five.

The proposal also includes 8.32 hectares of open space, 2.96 hectares identified for a school site, 23.18 hectares of land zoned for other infrastructure purposes and a 7.6 hectare park vauled at $4million.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said a new approach was needed to help support those in the regions with new housing and make regional towns a magnet for people coming from the city centres.

"From Byron to Bega and Coffs Harbour to Dubbo, regional towns are booming, but in many parts of the state, planning has not kept pace with growing demand," Mr Barilaro said.

"Regional housing markets are complex and unique, and there could be a whole range of factors driving housing constraints and we need to unpack those so we can deliver new housing opportunities for our regional communities."

The Wilton Town Centre precinct is also expected to rezoned as a matter of priority.

This development will include 1600 dwellings, 17 hectares of employment land that could support approximately 4700 jobs and 39 hectares of environmental conservation land.