- Will be called Hills Showground Station Precinct
- Set to create over 1500 jobs in construction and operations
- Five per cent of housing is allocated towards affordable housing
A new park and plaza precinct – the Hills Showground Station Precinct – will be developed in Castle Hill in Sydney’s north-west after receiving the green light from the New South Wales state government.
Nine building envelopes will be featured within the development, the heights of these ranging from three to 21 storeys.
Rob Stokes, the Minister for Planning and Public Places is excited about the development that he says will facilitate various lifestyles.
“This exciting new development in the heart of The Hills will create homes, jobs and outstanding public spaces on the doorstep of a Metro station,” Mr Stokes said.
“It will offer a diversity of housing for people with different lifestyles and open space that will include a park and plaza.”
According to the Minister, 1,920 jobs will be created during the construction phase with another 674 operational jobs.
There was initially some community backlash on the number of new houses, however, after local consultation, the number of new homes has been reduced from 1,900 to 1,620.
Additionally, at least five per cent of housing will be classed as ‘affordable housing’ for a minimum of 10 years.
A maximum of 1,957 car bays and 705 bicycle spaces are also featured in the plan.
Ray Williams, the local Member for Castle Hill said current plans feature over 13,000 square metres of commercial floor space along with public space and facilities.
“There will be 4,900 square metres of new public open space (and) 500 square metres of community facilities,” said Mr Williams.
The intersections of Showground Road with Carrington Road and De Clambe Drive in Castle Hill will be jointly funded by the NSW and Federal Governments.