String of School Development Plans Win Approval


An independent inner-west Sydney school has gained conditional approval for a $128-million redevelopment from the NSW Independent Planning Commission.

Trinity Grammar School will scale up to five storeys and from 1655 to 2100 students as part of the development on the 6.6ha site in Summer Hill.

The Independent Planning Commission decision was the latest of a number of school-based developments around Sydney.

Earlier in year Roseville Collage's planed $29.5-million sports centre got the green light, Moriah College won approval for a $82-million expansion, and two new primary schools were given the go-ahead—in Cecil Hills and Hornsby.

A series of state significant applications for new public schools were also put on exhibition.

School catchment zones are proving to be profitable for home-owners and developers alike, increasing the value of homes 20 per cent higher than surrounding areas.

Recently Dexus submitted an unsolicited proposal to build a new school as part of a broader residential and commercial development in Baulkham Hills.

Student in green uniforms walk along a pathway out the front of a five-storey school in Summer Hill.
▲ The proposed design of Trinity Grammar School included a five-storey performing arts building, five-storey learning precinct and multi purpose pavilion. Image: PMDL

Despite promising property predictions for the region, Summer Hill residents were not happy about the redevelopment in the overwhelmingly low-density region, submitting 50 “unique” public objections.

The Trinity Grammar School plans include the demolition and refurbishment of several buildings, construction of four new buildings and upgrades to the car parking area.

Concerns were raised with the panel in relation to student numbers, the size and scale of the development, traffic congestion and safety, community use of school facilities, and impacts on amenity, streetscape, heritage and the character of the neighbourhood.

IPC commissioners Adrian Pilton, Wendy Lewin and Sheridan Coakes found the impacts of the project could be reasonably and satisfactorily avoided, mitigated and managed through conditions.

“The project will provide a range of public benefits, including new education facilities, construction and operational jobs, and upgraded car parking and drop-off facilities to alleviate traffic congestion on the surrounding road network,” the commission found.

Trinity Grammar School will now have to submit amended architectural and landscape plans to address the built form, heritage, landscaping and character before beginning construction.

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