Precinct planning for Telopea has been underway since 2015, with involvement from Council, LAHC and the (then) Department of Planning and Environment at various times. The key drivers for change in the Precinct include:
- The Parramatta Light Rail service and new station and arrival plaza;
- An opportunity to renew the ageing social housing stock;
- Protection and enhancement of the natural amenity (topography, trees, parks and bushland); and
- An opportunity to provide improved community facilities in line with population increase.
Telopea Priority Precinct
Following the finalisation of the Telopea Master Plan, the (then) Department of Planning and Environment declared Telopea a ‘Priority Precinct’ and subsequently exhibited the Telopea Precinct Proposal (Stage 1) and supporting technical studies in late 2017.
On 19 December 2018 changes were made to the Parramatta Local Environmental Plan 2011 (LEP) for the Telopea Precinct via State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (Telopea Precinct) 2018. This included changes to the zoning, height of buildings and floor space ratio controls to facilitate the renewal of the precinct to create around 4,500 additional dwellings including 1,000 new affordable and social housing dwellings. The changes to the planning controls were made.
Draft Development Control Plan
The Draft Development Control Plan (DCP) for the Telopea Precinct supports the objectives and planning controls of the Parramatta Local Environmental Plan 2011 and gives further guidance to future development.
The Draft DCP was endorsed by Council at its meeting of 10 May 2021 for public exhibition. The Draft DCP will be on public exhibition between 19 May 2021 and 17 June 2021. Refer to Participate Parramatta for more information.
Council’s Draft DCP for the Telopea Precinct has been largely informed by the Telopea Master Plan, which was endorsed by Council in 2017. Key controls included in the Draft DCP are as follows:
- Controls for off-street car and bicycle parking, design of new or improved road connections, location and design of vehicle access, and future proofing car parking spaces for electric vehicle charging.
- Design principles and controls for new development in relation to building setbacks, basements, landscaping, considerations for development on sloping sites and improvements to the public domain and open space.
- Controls relating to preservation of existing trees and tree planting and protection of heritage; and
- Controls relating to new development providing dual water systems and consideration of building materials, including green walls and roofs, and air conditioning units in order to reduce heat in public spaces.
State Significant Development Application
The NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) is responsible for the NSW Government’s social housing portfolio and own significant landholdings within the Telopea Precinct.
The redevelopment of the Telopea Precinct is part of the NSW Government Communities Plus program, which seeks to deliver new communities where social housing blends with private and affordable housing, with good access to transport, employment, improved community facilities and open space. In December 2019, Frasers Property and Hume Housing were announced as LAHC’s development partner for the Telopea Precinct.
In February 2021, Council was notified by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) that LAHC intends to lodge a State Significant Development Application for a Concept Plan and Stage 1A (detailed development) for the redevelopment of the Telopea Estate as a mixed-use development, which will include 4,700 dwellings, retail and commercial uses, community facilities, public open space and new roads redevelopment. More detail on their proposal can be found at the Planning portal.
As a next step, it is expected that LAHC will lodge the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with DPIE associated with their State Significant Development later in 2021. Shortly thereafter, the EIS package will be placed on public exhibition, at which time the community can make formal submissions to DPIE.