Growth Centres Parramatta North
About Parramatta North
Over the next decade, the NSW Government’s $310m renewal of Parramatta North will conserve, unlock and share the rich history of this unique area.
The renewal of 30ha will create new homes and jobs to support the growth of Sydney’s second largest CBD and the Westmead health, education and research precinct. It includes heritage works, rehabilitation of the river foreshore, creating new public open spaces, and infrastructure such as roads, cycleways and playgrounds.
There will be no residential development in the heritage core. There is potential for up to 1,600 homes on the Cumberland Hospital (East Campus) site, with more homes planned in existing residential areas.
The land identified in the Parramatta North Growth Centre is referenced in this map.
Work is continuing on repairs to some of the heritage buildings on site. This includes three historic buildings within the Cumberland Hospital precinct (repairs to a fourth are planned for a future date) and two buildings within the Norma Parker Centre.
Heritage repairs will continue until 2018 and will ensure the buildings are safe, secure and weatherproof. Work includes repairs to roofs, chimneys, windows, external doors, structural walls, verandahs, porticos, columns and other structures. Welsh slate is being imported for roof repairs so that we match the original slate which was used.
Heritage repairs will not result in full conservation or restoration of the buildings. This will happen at a later date.
Archaeological testing has been done to help us better understand the Aboriginal and European history of the area.
All findings have been documented and reported to the Office of Environment and Heritage.
Discovering Parramatta North Open Day
The Discovering Parramatta North Open Day provided the community with an opportunity to get a glimpse of the history and heritage of the Parramatta North site, to learn about the conservation work being done, and to get a better understanding of the plans for the future of the site. Held over two days, we welcomed more than 350 people to the site, including high school students and their teachers, former and current Health workers, members of the local community, and others with a curiosity and enthusiasm to learn more about the site’s rich history and our future plans.
Four local groups with significant cultural, historical, and social links to Parramatta North have come together with the Parramatta City Council’s Activation and Place-Making teams and UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation to work under a Collaboration Framework.
The Framework’s intention is to share information and ideas relating to the site’s significance and how to provide better linkage between the heritage core and Parramatta Gaol through activation and place-making. It will also consider opportunities to connect this precinct with the broader Parramatta community and other heritage sites, and the development of an annual events program.
This group, which may evolve over time, will also look at ways to identify and explore relevant sensitive and complementary uses that might encourage public access and broader community relevance.
Collaboration Framework participants will contribute to guiding principles that will help form a Plan of Management for the area.
Growing Ideas for the Parramatta North Heritage Precinct report now available
On 10-11 November 2016, community leaders, business owners, innovators, designers, artists, heritage experts, university students and academics came together at Sprout, to come up with ideas for future uses for the heritage core at Parramatta North.
Around 200 people took part and the resulting report, ‘Ideas from SPROUT’, is available for download here.
See what our younger members of the community had to say about the future of the site.
Please click on the 'Learn More' button below to find out what happened at Sprout.
Removal of an external wall to be re-laid after structural underpinning takes place, September 2017.
Built between 1843 and 1882 and used until 2010, the building was structurally unsound and unsafe requiring much repair work. 1939 (Source: Sam Hood)
Removal of intrusive material hazardous materials revealing an original c. 1880s oven, November 2017.
Skilled heritage trades including repair of damaged timber window frames and glass panes, November 2017.
The Recreation hall originally had vaulted cathedral ceilings which have since been obscured by later additions. 1895 (Source: Town and Country article)
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Parramatta North information
The NSW Government is planning to conserve the heritage of Parramatta North and renew about 30 hectares of Government-owned land.
The Parramatta North Urban Transformation Program will deliver a dynamic and vibrant area with heritage at its heart. Over time it will become a great place for people to live and work.
Key benefits of the Program include:
- A mix of uses across the site including retail, residential, commercial and community
- Conserving important heritage buildings
- Ensuring 7 hectares of the site is designated public open space
- Conserving the 7.2 hectare Nationally Listed Heritage Core
- Creating up to 1,600 homes within the site and 1,100 in the adjoining existing residential area
- Creating about 2,000 new jobs, including 80 permanent jobs in retail
- Improving access to Parramatta River and rehabilitating the foreshore
- Protecting the habitat of a grey-headed flying fox colony
Planning for the current vision for Parramatta North began in 2013. This included a number community and stakeholder workshops and a rezoning proposal in 2014. The NSW Government approved a rezoning for the Parramatta North site in late 2015 and the NSW Cabinet approved the Program to proceed.
This allowed for a mix of uses on the site including residential, commercial, retail, recreational and community. In determining the rezoning, the Minister for Planning took into account feedback from stakeholders including the community.
That feedback resulted in reduced heights on some proposed buildings, and more open space.
The Parramatta North site will also help to meet the needs of the projected population growth. The Parramatta local government area population is projected to increase by 32.4% over the next 15 years – from 191,750 people in 2016 to 253,900 people in 2031. (Source: Department of Planning and Environment)
In early 2016 we held Community Information Sessions for people to learn more about plans for an upcoming development application. We also gave a presentation to community groups and received a number of questions about the project.
In November 2016, community leaders, state and local government representatives, business owners, innovators, designers, artists, heritage experts, university and school students and academics participated in a two day engagement event called Sprout, to grow ideas for future uses of the heritage core. Visit the Sprout page for more information.
In November 2016, a development application was lodged (DA reference DA/1124/2016) for early site works with the City of Parramatta Council. Council placed the DA on public exhibition from 19 April 2017 until 13 June 2017 and members of the public could make submissions to Council.
Council will prepare an assessment of the DA and the submissions, and make a recommendation to the Sydney West Central Planning Panel, which is the determining authority.
The DA proposes:
- a range of early site works, including landscape upgrades, the rehabilitation of Parramatta River foreshore, the demolition of some buildings and structures, and upgrades to infrastructure including internal roads, drainage and other underground services.
- subdivision of the site to create lots for future development and for open space. No buildings are proposed as part of the early site works. About one-third of the main DA site will be public open space, with new playgrounds, cycleways, walkways and access to Parramatta River.
See the Frequently Asked Questions on the development application for more information.
Parramatta North is home to a rich Aboriginal and European heritage. This dates back 20,000 years to the Darug people and about 200 years to colonial settlement.
Important heritage buildings on site include the Cumberland Hospital which was once the Parramatta Female Factory. It also includes the Norma Parker Centre which was once the Roman Catholic Orphan School and later the Parramatta Industrial School for Girls.
UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation is working to conserve the heritage of Parramatta North. All significant and high value heritage buildings will be conserved and some are undergoing emergency repairs to ensure they are safe, secure and weatherproof.
A Conservation Management Plan (CMP) has been prepared to guide the heritage conservation of the site. The CMP identifies all heritage elements on the site including the high and exceptional heritage buildings to be conserved.
We are also supporting an application for the site to be included on the National Heritage List.
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2017 and beyond
2017 and beyond
- First development application determined
- Landscaping and other site work gets underway
- Some subdivided lots released to the market
- Second development application lodged for road repairs and landscaping within the core heritage precinct
- Stakeholder and community consultation
- Emergency repairs to six heritage buildings begin
- Aboriginal and European archaeological and geotechnical investigations begin
- First development application lodged for road upgrades, cycleways, landscaping, Parramatta River foreshore restoration, subdivisions and demolition of some buildings including sheds, demountables and other structures – excludes the core heritage precinct
- Ongoing planning and consultation for the future of the core heritage precinct
- Detailed studies and planning undertaken
- NSW Planning Minister approves site rezoning
- NSW Cabinet approves the program to proceed
- Consultation with stakeholders and the community on plans to rezone the site
- Rezoning application prepared and placed on public exhibition
- Early planning and technical studies for the urban transformation of Parramatta North
- Consultation with stakeholders and the community on a Framework Masterplan for the area
- Preparation of the Parramatta North Framework Masterplan