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Plans for first set of 11,000 units to go near Sydney Metro stations

Sydney Morning Herald, 15 July 2018
The first detailed plans for new units to be built on government-owned land along the Metro Northwest train line have been released. Tallawong Station south in Rouse Hill will get about 1100 units in an area near The Ponds, with buildings up to 8 storeys tall. The plan includes parking for 1015 cars and 1210 bicycle spaces. One of the “key principles” of the development is to encourage greater use of cycling by residents. A minimum of 5% of the units will be used to provide affordable housing for at least 10 years.

The original 2013 North West Rail Link Corridor Strategy recommended that residential development close to the station should be three to six storeys but changes to planning rules permit greater density and buildings up to 26 metres tall.

The NSW government’s land and property development organisation, Landcom, is managing the process and its managing director John Brogden said Tallawong Station south is the first part of a 10-year plan to build about 11,000 new dwellings around stations at Tallawong, Kellyville, Bella Vista, Norwest, Hills Showground, Castle Hill, Epping and Cherrybrook.

“The vision for Sydney Metro Northwest Places is to create diverse, sustainable communities where people want to live, by providing essential services, leisure destinations and public transport at their doorstep,” Mr Brogden said.

Site one will get about 360 units between 2020 and 2022. Site two is expected to have 740 apartments and be finished between 2022 and 2026.

Comments on the project are open until August, 9.

Meanwhile, expressions of interest to build 500 units in towers up to 68 metres tall at the Hills Showground metro station closed on Monday (July 16). The site, on Carrington Road in Castle Hill, is the first part of the Hills Showground project which has “potential for” about 1900 dwellings.

The Metro North West will have 13 stations between Rouse Hill and Chatswood, 4000 commuter car spaces and will open in the first half of 2019.