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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.


Development Control Plan

The 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 on public exhibition between 19 May 2021 and 17 June 2021. Refer to Participate Parramatta for more information. Council considered the submissions received during public exhibition at its meeting of 11 October 2021 and resolved to adopt the DCP with minor amendments. The DCP will come into effect within 2 weeks of the Council meeting. 

Council’s 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.

The State Significant Development (SSD) Application, Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and accompanying documents has been lodged by Frasers and NSW Land and Housing Corporation with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) for the Telopea Concept Plan and Stage 1A. The SSD application is for the redevelopment of the site as a mixed-use development, including 4,700 dwellings, retail and commercial uses, community facilities, public open space and new roads. Stage 1A proposal for first stage of development. Details of the proposal are found on the DPIE Major Projects website here.

The documents will be on public exhibition between Wednesday 13 October and Tuesday 9 November 2021 and are accessible electronically on the Department’s website here. You may also view a hard copy City of Parramatta Council Customer Service Centre, 126 Church Street, Parramatta and Dundas Branch Library: 21 Sturt Street, Telopea. Members of the public can make formal submissions to DPIE using the link on their website or via post at Planning and Assessment, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Locked Bag 5022, Parramatta NSW 2124.


Get in touch

If you have any questions about the Telopea Precinct, you can contact Bianca Lewis on 02 9806 5531 or