Wentworth Point planning controls
A number of planning controls apply to Wentworth Point:
- Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 24 – Homebush Bay Area (SREP24) and Homebush Bay West Development Control Plan 2004 and Amendment No. 1 (2013);
- Auburn Local Environmental Plan 2010 and Wentworth Point Development Control Plan 2014; and
- State Environmental Planning Policy (State Significant Precincts Sydney Olympic Park) 2005.
The relevant controls applying to Wentworth Point are illustrated below, and more detail can be found at Council’s Planning webpages.
A number of infrastructure projects are completed, underway, or planned for Wentworth Point including:
- Bennelong Bridge provides bus and active transport access to Rhodes (opened May 2016)
- Public primary school (opened early 2018)
- Peninsula Park within Urban Activation Precinct lands (development approval, with construction anticipated to commence in mid-2018)
- Upgrade access to Hill Road from M4 Motorway
- NSW Government announced the Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 preferred route, which travels along Hill Road and crosses the Parramatta River linking Wentworth Point and the Melrose Park precinct. It is noted that this project is in planning phase and is still to get commitment to its funding and construction.
Access into and out of Wentworth Point remains a key planning challenge, as private vehicle access is limited to one road in and out of the precinct (Hill Road).
In June 2014, the NSW Government, (former) UrbanGrowth NSW and the former Auburn Council signed a Precinct Support Scheme agreement allocating $5 million to design and construct a new park at the tip of the Wentworth Point peninsula. Delivery of the park is the responsibility of Landcom (formerly UrbanGrowth NSW) on behalf of RMS, who own the land.
In February 2016, the Joint Regional Planning Panel approved a Development Application lodged by UrbanGrowth NSW (former Auburn Council reference DA-40/2015). This Development Application included works associated with the park such as site remediation, construction of a sea wall, and landscaping of the park.
Landcom is currently working with Council to progress delivery of the park, and construction is anticipated to begin in mid-2018.
Current planning matters
As at March 2018, Council is considering a number of planning matters at Wentworth Point. Key matters are identified below.
Wentworth Point Marinas “Block H” site – proposed DCP amendment and VPA letter of offer
The Wentworth Point Marinas site has been undergoing staged development since 2006, and ‘Block H’ constitutes one of the remaining undeveloped parcels. The controls for Block H are set through the Homebush Bay West DCP 2004 Amendment 1. Council has received a proposal for an amendment to the DCP to allow more height, density and open space on Block H, subject to undertaking a design competition.
This proposal is accompanied by an offer to enter into a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) to provide a number of public benefits, including:
- 20-year free community shuttle bus service
- Monetary contribution towards general transport and social infrastructure
- Fit-out of community centre and library
- Child care centre (fit-out and land)
Council staff are currently assessing the proposed DCP amendment and associated VPA offer and these will be reported to Council in due course.
14-16 Hill Road site - Planning Proposal
The Sydney West Joint Regional Planning Panel approved a Stage 1 Development Application (former Auburn Council reference DA-41/2015) for 14-16 Hill Road, Wentworth Point on the 17 February 2016. The applicant for the development was the (former) UrbanGrowth NSW on behalf of the owner of the site, the (now) NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). The approval granted the allocation of 188,800sqm of residential gross floor area, the demolition of existing buildings, tree removal, earthworks, site remediation, construction of roads, sea wall and public domain works.
RMS sold the Hill Road site to Sekisui House (SH) Hill Road Development Pty Ltd. The City of Parramatta Council received a Planning Proposal for the site from the owners on 19 December 2017 which seeks to amend the planning controls to reflect a new layout for the site, including additional height and open space (but no additional density). Some additional changes are also proposed to allow for commercial premises and cafes on the site.
Accompanying the Planning Proposal is a proposed DCP amendment which reflects a new proposed masterplan layout.
Council staff are currently assessing this Planning Proposal and DCP amendment and will be reported to Council in due course.
For any enquiries in relation to strategic planning matters at Wentworth Point, please contact Council’s Land Use Planning team on 9806 5050.