Community voices are vital in the Aerotropolis exhibition –

The final planning package to unlock the potential of the Sydney Western Airfield is one more step towards completion, with proposed changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) now on display to the public.

The changes include significant reductions in the size of the Aérotropolis open space network and environmental and recreational area, responding directly to community feedback and following a comprehensive review of open space needs.

“Planning a new city is an incredibly complex task, and this process proves that nothing is finalized without consultation with the community,” said Mr. Stokes.

“We listened to the community and the recommendations of the Independent Community Commissioner, Professor Roberta Ryan, and reduced the amount of land set aside for open space or environmental and recreational zoning.

“We will always achieve our vision of a city of Western Parkland as part of these proposed changes, while allowing landowners to continue to use their property as they do now. This means that fewer properties have to be acquired while ensuring that 95% of the homes in the Aerotropolis will be within a five-minute walk of an open space. ”

The revised open space network will see 16% of the land from the original enclosure (869 hectares) acquired for parks and public spaces.

West Sydney Minister Stuart Ayres said the vision included an exciting network of green spaces.

“The future Aerotropolis will not only be a great place to work and do business, it will also be home to some of Sydney’s best parks,” said Mr Ayres.

“Community feedback has created a more balanced Aerotropolis plan, which will create more jobs closer to where people live and ensure a green network of parks in the park-city.”

Under the proposed changes to the SEPP, the Wianamatta-South Creek environmental and recreational area will be reduced by one-third and rural zoning will be reapplied.

Previously permitted land uses would also be reintroduced into the Aerotropolis and the government will consider options for Luddenham’s future.

The public exhibition includes the proposed modifications to the Aérotropolis SEPP; the draft phase 2 development control plan; and the village of Luddenham discussion paper. Submissions will be accepted from October 8 to November 5, 2021.

These accompany the “Responding to the Problems” report, which describes the government’s response to Professor Ryan’s recommendations and constituency plan submissions; the study of the needs for open spaces; and Community Guidelines on Existing User Rights and Permitted Land Uses.

For more information visit: www.planning.nsw.gov.au/aerotropolis

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