More than 5000 new homes proposed for Cook Cove in Sydney’s south

A whopping 5364 new homes including 25-storey apartment towers and three-bedroom townhouses could be approved for development on an Arncliffe golf course on the banks of the Cooks River.

More than 568,000 sqm of land at Cook Cove would be converted for residential properties, short stay accommodation and commercial and retail premises under the plan first proposed in 2002.


The proposal has dedicated approximately 140 dwellings as affordable housing, while 53,000 sqm of non-residential development could allegedly generate $11.3 billion of economic output.

The developer has also proposed a school for 600 students, food and drink outlets, shops and a registered club in addition to the residential development.

The new little city would be connected to existing public transport via a shuttle bus to Sydenham station in Sydney’s inner west and a new connection to the International Airport station.

The 18-hole Kogarah Golf Course would be relocated to the other side of the M5 to accommodate the mammoth development.

Features of the northern and southern precinct. Picture: supplied

Artist’s impressions of buildings in the northern precinct. Picture: supplied

The overall Cook Cove site looking south (Northern Precinct in the foreground). Picture: supplied

The Bayside Planning Panel has determined Cook Cove Inlet Pty Ltd’s draft proposal has sufficient merit to be referred for determination on several conditions, including the reclassification of Crown land.

The developers will also be required to consult with Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW, Sydney Airport Corporation, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Department of Education and the Office of Environment and Heritage.

In one instance, the developer will have to consult with Sydney Airport to ensure the site’s external lighting design does not interfere with the safe operation of runways.

“The purpose … is to identify any modifications that may be required given the potential impacts on regional infrastructure, so these can be incorporated in the planning proposal before community consultation,” the planning panel’s written judgment said.

Artist’s impression of the community centre and wellness hub with kayak facility (in the foreground).

Artist’s impression of Fig Tree Village, river boardwalk and community boathouse. Picture: supplied

Artist’s impression’s view of the Northern Precinct from the south. Picture: supplied

The heights of proposed buildings, up to 25 storeys, in the northern precinct. Picture: supplied

Skyline change: Artist’s impression of the view of the proposed development from the Cooks River foreshore path. Picture: Clouston Associates

The developer will also be required to exhibit a voluntary planning agreement to confirm the infrastructure they will provide in support of the proposed redevelopment.

The plans also include:

  • About 140 dwellings would be affordable housing.
  • A shuttle bus would be provided to Sydenham station and a connection to the International Airport station, with agencies to confirm.
  • The provision of 53,000 square metres floor space for commercial and retail uses was expected to generate about $11.3 billion of direct and indirect economic output.
  • Eight sports fields in Barton Park and Riverine Park fields would be replaced by four fields, including a 750 seat football stadium, all synthetic grass. Further analysis and information was needed to determine whether this would be sufficient to cater for existing and new users.

Artist’s impression of the view of Central Park looking south. picture: supplied

Artist’s impression of Cooks Cove northern precinct. picture: supplied

Artist’s impression of football field and adjacent stadium within the sports and recreation precinct. Picture: supplied

Artist’s impression of an aerial view of the sports and recreation precinct (eastern portion). Picture: supplied

Proposed residential buildings superimposed on the existing golf course. Picture: supplied

Source: Eliza Barr, “More than 5000 new homes proposed for Cook Cove in Sydney’s south”, The Daily Telegraph, August 27, 2018. Murray Trembath, “How Cooks Cove will look with apartment blocks up to 25 storeys and community spaces”, Leader News, August 15, 2018.

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