Draft Built Environment Plan Stage 2 (BEP 2)

The Draft Built Environment Plan Stage 2 (BEP 2) proposes planning controls including land use, height and floor space controls to support the renewal of Housing NSW sites in Redfern and Waterloo including South Eveleigh over a 20-25 year time frame. The Draft BEP 2 aims to achieve a mix of private, affordable and social housing, proposing a mix of 60% private and affordable housing and 40% social housing.

The Draft BEP 2 was placed on public exhibition from 27January 2011 – 28 February 2011. This was a non-statutory exhibition process.

The Draft BEP 2 Report

Click on the links below to access the sections of the report.


Information Session Displays

Please find below links to the Display Panels for BEP 2.

Draft BEP 2 Newsletter

The Redfern-Waterloo Authority produced a BEP 2 newsletter featuring the details for the planning framework, what the Draft BEP 2 development would look like, the future of social housing, the proposed dwelling mix, research and analysis and feedback details. Read the BEP 2 Newsletter here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Read the Draft BEP 2 FAQs 1 here.
Read the Draft BEP 2 FAQs 2 here.

Consultation process

To inform the community of the public exhibition of Draft BEP 2 and to assist with providing an understanding of key issues the RWA and Housing NSW provided:

  • 4,500 feedback forms delivered to the Redfern and Waterloo social housing residents. This included a feedback form, covering letter with advice in Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin and other languages on how to have your say and a fact sheet to provide an overview of what the BEP 2 is about;
  • Housing NSW and RWA holding information sessions daily at Redfern and Waterloo, including:
  • Twenty-three sessions held on street corners and six drop in sessions in the Social Housing Community Rooms. These information sessions included Russian, Cantonese and Mandarin interpreters. The interpreters also undertook a "phone around" to social housing tenants who speak these languages prior to the events to advise them of the information sessions and encourage their attendance.
  • Four sessions specifically for the Aboriginal community held at The Block, outside the Purple Goanna Cafe, NCIE and at Wyanga, facilitated by the Aboriginal Housing Specialist from Housing NSW.
  • Seven information sessions at Redfern Town Hall held by RWA, including Saturdays and evenings during the exhibition period. These sessions included hard copies of the Plan, large information panels, experts in planning and HNSW representatives to discuss the Plan and answer any questions. In addition bi-lingual community educators (Russian, Cantonese and Mandarin interpreters) and an independent specialist consultation firm attended all sessions. The RWA's architect and traffic advisors were in attendance at the Saturday sessions.
  • Advertisements in key newspapers (the Sydney Morning Herald (Page 2) & the Sydney Central Courier);
  • The RWA BEP 2 Newsletter to every household and businesses in the RWA Operational Area (approximately 18,000 recipients);
  • A Resident Information booklet for over 4000 Housing NSW residents, providing a context for BEP 2;
  • Information on draft BEP 2 on RWA's website, with electronic copies of the report also available on request;
  • Fact sheets and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), together with supporting studies on the website;
  • Updated FAQs in response to questions and queries received from the consultative processes on the website;
  • A dedicated phone line with a professional town planner ready to answer queries;
  • Email responses to specific questions from members of the public;
  • Hard copy and electronic Feedback Forms to make providing a submission easier; and
  • Specific briefings to key stakeholders groups, including REDWatch, to explain the detail on the BEP 2 project and to answer any queries.

Through the street corner sessions over 750 social housing residents were consulted which represents over 14 per cent of public housing tenancies, while around 70 people attended the information sessions at Redfern Town Hall. 


Feedback was recorded at the former RWA information sessions, Housing NSW community sessions, via feedback forms (both online and print) and through written submissions. Submissions were requested by Monday, 28 February 2011, but were accepted up until Friday, 11 March 2011.

During the non-statutory exhibition period from 27 January to 28 February 2011, over 100 people attended the public exhibition events, around 800 people were involved in street corner discussions, 28 written submissions were received by the RWA and more than 500 feedback forms from social housing tenants. These activities have captured the important feedback from a broad spectrum of stakeholders including residents, government and non-government organisations, local businesses and the wider community.

Stakeholder Engagement Report

Mediate Today, an independent specialist consultation firm, former engaged to review and collate all feedback received on draft BEP 2. The Stakeholder Engagement Report was released by the Redfern-Waterloo Authority in July 2011.
View the Stakeholder Engagement Report report here (file size 1.94 Mb).
Click here to view the RWA response to the report's recommendations. (file size 0.03 Mb)

The next steps

Draft BEP 2 was the first stage of consultation for the redevelopment of concentrated social housing areas. The Stakeholder Engagement Report and the feedback received will be used by the UGDC for the preparation of further studies in Redfern-Waterloo, and as a priority, the Draft BEP 2 areas.

These studies will address:

  • The built form;
  • Public domain and open space;
  • Crime prevention through design;
  • Traffic;
  • Transport and accessibility;
  • The social impacts of development including the need for additional community facilities;
  • Economic impact;
  • Infrastructure requirements;
  • Other issues raised by the community; and
  • The development of revised planning controls.

Community consultation will be an essential part of the project with studies and revised planning controls placed on public exhibition.