NSW Government reveal $386 million plans for homes, retail, parkland at Tallawong station
IT WAS once rolling hills and green pastures, but the Tallawong Station site at Rouse Hill will be transformed into the crowning jewel of the Sydney Metro North West.
The NSW Planning Department have revealed groundbreaking plans for a $386 million development application for 1,107 homes across 7.8 hectares surrounding Tallawong Station.
The plans, which are on exhibition under State Significant Development, come as the first station on the Metro line nears completion before opening in early 2019.
A total of 16 apartment buildings ranging from two to eight storeys high are included in the applications, which were proposed by NSW Government developer, Landcom.
“It is proposed to provide for a vibrant mixed use centre comprising residential, commercial, retail and community uses,” planning documents said. “The residential development will comprise a diverse housing stock including two storey terraces, maisonettes and apartments.”
The Times can reveal estimated construction costs for the precinct come to an eye-watering $386,924,712 million and will take just four years to build, according to NSW Planning documents.
“Site 1 is expected to be developed during 2020-2022 and Site 2 during 2022-2026,” documents revealed.
The precinct, which will stretch across 7.8 hectares, will include 85,000sq m of residential development and 9000sq m of retail, commercial and public space.
A minimum of five per cent of the dwellings on two stages of the development will be provided as affordable housing for “very low, low and moderate income earners” according to the plans.
It was also revealed the retail and commercial precinct will provide convenience-based services for residents, workers and commuters, as well as the opportunity to “work close to home”.
“Retail floorspace will generally focus on convenience goods, everyday comparison goods, food, beverage, cafes and eating out, retail services, and non-retail shopfronts.”
Plans also included a centre village park spanning more than 2900sq m.
Planning Department spokeswoman Anthea Sargeant said the concept plan for the precinct was on exhibition until August 9.
“This is an opportunity for the public to have their say on important design aspects of the station precinct such as density, land uses, building heights and open space,” Ms Sargeant said.
“The precinct is also part of the booming North West Priority Growth Area, which is intended to provide substantial land release areas for housing and jobs in Sydney’s emerging Northwest.”
The development application is just one of 15 medium and high density development applications submitted around the Tallawong Station — which the Times revealed would total more than $1.1 billion worth of development if approved.
Urban Taskforce chief executive Chris Johnson said the proposed development demonstrates how a new diverse community can be planned.
“It is good to see that Landcom’s approach to providing affordable housing is based on NSW Government’s Affordable Rental Housing SEPP of 2009 that provides the affordable housing for a 10 year period,” Mr Johnson said.
“The overall scale of development at Tallawong appears to be reasonable for the location at the end of the North West Metro line.”
“The Urban Taskforce is supportive of large scale developments with a number of buildings, mixed uses and the provision of a park as this gives a sense of community and balances shared amenities with 1,100 apartments in this case.”
Source: Jake McCallum, “NSW Government reveal $386 million plans for homes, retail, parkland at Tallawong station”, Rouse Hill Times, The Daily Telegraph, July 16, 2018.