Early works development application

1. What does the development application involve?

The development application (DA) proposes a range of early works which will open up the Parramatta North site for public use and reconnect it to Parramatta River.

The DA specifically includes plans to:

  • Maintain built and landscaped heritage elements which are exceptional and high significance
  • Create new walkways and cycleways through the site
  • Undertake extensive landscaping around the site
  • Upgrade and install underground services
  • Rehabilitate Parramatta River foreshore
  • Provide about one third of the site for public open space
  • Create three new children’s play spaces, one with interpretive heritage elements
  • Highlight and interpret the heritage water channel through the site
  • Demolish intrusive buildings and those of moderate or low significance
  • Subdivide the site to create lots for future mixed-use development, open space and the heritage core.

2. How can I view the documents and is it on public exhibition yet?

The DA assessment process is being carried out by the City of Parramatta Council. The application will be determined by the Sydney Central West Planning Panel. The DA was on exhibition from 19 April 2017 until 13 June 2017. The DA exhibition period is now closed. The progress of the DA can be viewed on Council’s website.

3. When and how can I make a submission?

The DA exhibition period is now closed.

4. How will you protect heritage on the site?

We recognise the heritage value of the Parramatta North site and are working to conserve and protect the significant heritage buildings and landscape. 

A Conservation Management Plan (CMP) has been prepared by independent heritage experts and reviewed by the NSW Heritage Council. This will guide all heritage conservation and related work on the site.  A Heritage Impact Statement and a Heritage Interpretation Strategy have also been prepared. These documents will be available to view as part of the public exhibition process.

5. Why are you removing some trees?

Many significant trees will be retained as part of the development application to maintain the landscape character of the site. Some trees will need to be removed, however, due to their age, potential impact on existing heritage structures or proximity to services.The DA proposes to plant many more trees than it removes. As a result there will be a net gain of trees on the site.

6. Does this DA include the heritage core of the site?

The heritage core is at the southern end of the site and includes the former Parramatta Female Factory and the former Roman Catholic Orphan School. This area contains highly significant heritage buildings and open space areas. No decisions have yet been made on the future uses for the heritage core buildings.

A separate development application(s) will be required for the heritage core, once the future uses for this area are identified.

No work will take place within the heritage core as part of this current DA other than emergency building repairs on some buildings.

7. How will the DA be assessed and determined?

After the DA has been on public exhibition, Council will assess the application and consider all feedback received. It will then make a recommendation to the Sydney West Central Planning Panel for determination.

8. What supporting documents are available to view with the DA?

Supporting documents for the DA include:

  • An Arboricultural Report which provides an assessment of trees on site and also guides their maintenance or succession planning
  • A Canopy Replenishment Strategy – which guides the retention and replacement of trees on site
  • A Conservation Management Plan (CMP) which examines the history of the site and will guide any future conservation work 
  • An Ecological Impact Assessment which guides the management of known threatened species and ecological communities
  • A Heritage Interpretation Strategy which identifies heritage values and interpretive themes of the site
  • A Heritage Impact Statement which identifies the potential impacts on the built and landscape heritage and provides guidance on how to avoid or minimise these impacts
  • A Riparian Corridor Strategy – guides the management and enhancement of the riparian corridor along Parramatta River foreshore
  • A Traffic Impact Assessment Report which assesses the anticipated traffic, transport and parking demands on and around the site
  • An Urban Design and Landscape Report describes key urban design and landscape principles and concepts for the site

9. What are the new subdivisions proposed for the site?

The DA proposes to subdivide the site into nine lots for mixed use and six lots for public open space areas. It also creates two heritage core lots, one incorporating the Former Female Factory and another incorporating the former Roman Catholic Orphan School.

The open space lots will result in about one-third of the site becoming public open space.

10. Are any new buildings proposed in this DA?

No. This DA does not propose any new buildings on the site. Separate development applications will need to be lodged by future developers who wish to propose new buildings for the site.

11. Where can I get more information?

View the DA documents currently on Council’s website.