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Local government: Plans afoot for high density zones on rail routes

Minister for Planning Pru Goward wants the seven precincts turned into thriving hubs. Photo: Brendan EspositoGovernment planners designated Campbelltown, 50 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district,   as a satellite city in the early 1960s. Now they are having another go, looking forward another 20 years.
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The plan is to develop higher-density zones within walking distance of railway stations at Glenfield, Macquarie Fields, Ingleburn, Minto, Leumeah, Campbelltown and Macarthur. These precincts would have shops, cafes, parks and jobs.

The boundary for each precinct will be 800 metres to 1.5 km around each station, representing a 10 to 20 minute walk.

The Minister for Planning, Pru Goward, said early studies will help identify what infrastructure and services were needed to turn the seven precincts into thriving hubs for homes, jobs and shops next to transport.

“Our plan is to work closely with councils to create energetic places alive with shops, places to eat and green open space to play,” Ms Goward said.

The Department of Planning is also looking at opening up new land release areas in the Great Macarthur region from Campbelltown down to Appin and Wilton. “Government recognises that there are a lot of proposals and private sector interest in the Greater Macarthur area which is why it will take an efficient, co-ordinated approach to the study,” the department said.

Community input will be sought after May when preliminary technical investigations are completed.

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