Housing plan fails to meet community needs

Story appeared in: Torch | July 11th, 2017

A FORMER Bankstown mayor has joined the growing chorus of concern over the NSW Government's Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor strategy.
The strategy proposes to lump more than 35,000 new homes along the new Sydney Metro train line over 20 years, guiding development in 11 precincts on the 13.5 km Sydenham to Bankstown corridor.
Two areas where there was considerable community feedback – historic Hurlstone Park and Dulwich Hill – have seen the Government reduce the number of homes planned for those areas.
Former mayor Khal Asfour said the Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts may be listening to Dulwich Hill and Hurlstone Park communities, but he had lost his hearing when it came to Bankstown and Campsie.
"He (Mr Roberts) talks of maintaining the unique character of all of the town centres but in reality the zoning changes outlined effectively rule that out," Mr Asfour said.
"Twenty five storey towers in a two storey location in Campsie is a dramatic change of character which a primary school student could recognise."
Mr Asfour said the strategy also lacked affordable housing initiatives and he was highly critical of the 40ha park from Lakemba to Punchbowl, labelling it "a long narrow, intermittent cycleway within the railway corridor".
"There is no active play space and certainly no areas for kids to kick a footy on," he said.
The former Labor mayor said the plan fails to tackle a lack of open space in the old Canterbury local government area, and there is no detail on how infrastructure, like roads and schools will cope with the massive increase in housing.

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