The Baird Liberal Government has released its final UrbanGrowth plan for The Parramatta Rd corridor, including Taverners Hill. The density of the precinct will increase more than 400%, but there is no new infrastructure to support these new residents.
While UrbanGrowth has scaled back their plans considerably due to strong opposition from the local community, the planned density increase is still extreme. There are currently 718 people living in the Taverners Hill Precinct, and this plan will increase that to 3,300.
Despite that, UrbanGrowth's Implementation Plan does not include any significant infrastructure to cater for that dramatic population increase. The plan includes:
- No additional schools
- One small pocket park between Tebbut St and Upward St
- No light rail
- No new libraries of community centre
- No new childcare centres
The infrastructure plan includes mainly ‘embellishments’ to existing facilities to be funded by developer contributions to council.
The plan for childcare does not even come close to addressing current childcare shortages, let alone cater to an additional 3,300 new residents. Only 36 additional places will be offered through existing providers, as well as limited additional places for before and after school care.
You can read the full detail of the infrastructure planned for Taverners Hill on Page 37 of Urban Growth’s Infrastructure Schedule.
With Sydney facing a housing affordability crisis, delivering affordable housing should be a key objective when increasing housing density in the inner city. This plan has a very low target of just 5% affordable housing. The NSW Federation of Housing Associations has called for a 30% target, which would come a lot closer to meeting the desperate need for affordable housing across Sydney. The affordable housing targets can be found on page 45 of Urban Growth’s Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy.
The only increase in public transport is a plan for a rapid bus service along Parramatta Road. This is inadequate and regressive - a point being made by local councils along the corridor. Light rail must be part of this plan and the Minister must ensure it is factored in to any plans for renewal.
If you are interested to read the Fine Grain Study that details street character, building height and setbacks for Taverners Hill, you can find it on page 95.
TRAFFIC AND LIVEABILITY
The whole revitalisation plan is based on reducing traffic on Parramatta Road and making it a more liveable place. However, according to the WestConnex’s own traffic predictions, the imposition of toils on the M4 will result in over 20% more traffic on Parramatta Rd as driver seek to avoid the tolls. Now that the M4/M5 tunnel won’t have entry and exit portals at Camperdown and Glebe, much of that traffic will be pushed down Parramatta Rd – yet UrbanGrowth has ignored the huge impact that Westconnex will have on the local area.
For detailed information on the UrbanGrowth Parramatta Rd plans, you can find strategy, planning and reference documents at the UrbanGrowth website. A physical copy of the Urban Transformation Strategy and Implementation Kit is available at our office in Newtown - contact us on 9517 2800 or at email@example.com if you would like to arrange access.