New South Wales is undergoing a rezoning blitz across Sydney to create more than 16,000 homes and a new industrial precinct.
The state government has progressed rezoning in growth areas including Leppington Precinct stages two and five, which allow for up to 2400 new homes.
A further 7000 homes would be added to Lowes Creek Maryland as well as five neighbourhoods in Glenfield, providing 7000 homes around Hurlstone Agricultural High School.
A 30ha industrial precinct was also rezoned next to the M4 Motorway in Prospect in western Sydney.
However, there were calls for more to areas to be rezoned and more infrastructure to be established after some areas, including the Hunter Valley, were left out.
NSW minister for planning Rob Stokes said 150ha of parkland for the new housing estates and 7000sq m of Cumberland Plain Woodland had been put aside at the industrial site.
“We’ve responded to the increased demand for greenfield housing as a result of the pandemic by accelerating these rezonings,” Stokes said.
Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves said the NSW government had also endorsed Camden’s Local Housing Strategy to enable the council to meet the future housing needs of the community.
“This is a significant step towards delivering a strong housing pipeline that supports new homes in the right locations with the right services,” Sidgreaves said.
The new industrial site would be about 30km north of these neighbourhoods, close to the future Western Sydney Airport.
The NSW government anticipated development applications for the vacant paddocks would be lodged next year.