ANOTHER Sydney mayor has warned of the dire consequences of the Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Strategy, saying it would destroy the fabric of the Inner West community.
The NSW Government strategy has been branded "a green light for a development free-for-all" by Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne.
The urban renewal corridor is planned for the new Sydney Metro rail system, which will replace parts of the Bankstown train line. As part of the strategy more than 35,000 new homes would be built in priority precincts along the 14km corridor between Sydenham and Bankstown. This would include more than 8,500 new homes around metro stations at Marrickville and Dulwich Hill, leading to a population surge over the next 20 years.
"The draft strategy makes no mention of how the extensive infrastructure needed to service this enormous increase in population will be funded and delivered," Mayor Byrne said.
Mayor Byrne is calling for the State Government to return control of the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor to councils and work with local government to deliver responsible development. Earlier this week, Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour made a stinging attack on the urban renewal strategy, labelling the Government's plan to take control of planning as "undemocratic".
Mayor Byrne says the Government is overriding local councils, which know and understand their communities, in favour of inappropriate development.
Inner West Council has identified over 40 community concerns and will set up a dedicated committee to deal with the issues.
Major concerns and shortfalls in the strategy include the failure to align with other strategic planning documents, which call for the protection of employment and industrial lands near the airport, and excessive levels of density proposed for Marrickville and Dulwich Hill. Besides the lack of infrastructure like new schools and parks, concerns are also raised over the absence of targets or provisions for affordable housing.
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