Another step towards transforming Parramatta North
UrbanGrowth NSW has lodged a development application with the City of Parramatta Council as the next step in the Parramatta North Urban Transformation Program (PNUT).
No new buildings are proposed in the development application. About one third of the site will be dedicated public open space.
The document proposes significant landscape upgrades and the rehabilitation of Parramatta River foreshore and covers an area of approximately 22ha between Fleet Street and Parramatta River, including the Cumberland Hospital (East Campus) and Norma Park Centre.
UrbanGrowth NSW’s Head of Western Sydney Projects Matthew Beggs said the development application is another important step in renewing the Parramatta North site and opening it up to the public.
“The development application covers a range of early works which will enhance the unique historic landscape and create new open space areas including new playgrounds, cycleways, walkways, and improved access to Parramatta River,” Mr Beggs said.
“It also includes infrastructure upgrades to internal roads, drainage and other underground services. In addition, it seeks to subdivide the site into lots for future mixed use development and open space areas.
“Importantly, the development application protects many heritage structures on the site which are identified as being of high and exceptional significance. It seeks to remove intrusive structures as well as some buildings identified by heritage experts as low or moderate significance.”
Program Director of the Parramatta North Urban Transformation Program Tasha Burrell said the development application would be placed on public exhibition by the City of Parramatta Council for community comment.
After the standard referral process, Council will make a recommendation to the Sydney West District Planning Panel for determination.
“The development application has been informed by our consultation with the community and stakeholders over the past three years. I encourage community members to view the documents when the public exhibition period is underway,” she said.
“A Conservation Management Plan, a Riparian Corridor Strategy, a Heritage Impact Statement and many other supporting documents will also be available for public information alongside the development application. The Conservation Management Plan has been prepared by independent heritage experts to guide heritage conservation works on site.”
Work is not proposed in the heritage core of the site as the future use of this area is yet to be determined and will be informed by last month’s community engagement forum Sprout.
The heritage core includes the former Parramatta Female Factory and the former Roman Catholic Orphan School.
UrbanGrowth NSW is working closely with NSW Health on the future planning of the Cumberland Hospital (East Campus) site and the progressive relocation of services to alternative facilities.