Federal MP for Banks, David Coleman, talks with Padstow resident Nicole Roberts about the high rise development the council’s LAPs will bring to her suburb.
WHILE the spotlight shines on the NSW Government's urban renewal strategy and the increases in housing densities it will bring along the proposed Sydenham to Bankstown metro line, less attention is being paid to another plan to bring tens of thousands of homes into local areas.
Over the same 20 year period that 35,000 dwellings are planned along the proposed metro line, Canterbury Bankstown Council's Local Area Plans (LAPs) could also bring more than 20,000 homes into areas like Revesby, Padstow, Panania and East Hills.
The NSW Government's Metropolitan Strategy, developed in 2005, placed a target of 22,000 homes for Bankstown by 2036. Since that time, revised targets have directed the council to deliver 13,250 dwellings over the next five years.
A council spokesperson said its LAPs, unlike the the Government's strategy, were more than housing targets, as they identified open space, transport networks, employment opportunities, community facilities and other improvements.
Outspoken critic of the council's LAPs, Federal Liberal MP for Banks, David Coleman, said the targets would irreversibly change the suburbs in his electorate.
"It's time for all councillors to stop this unnecessary plan, which will bring tens of thousands of high rise units to our area," he said.
A council spokesperson said that although the targets were not legislated, the Department of Planning had the power to impose its own housing targets.
"If the council does not take the lead, then it's likely the NSW Government will come in and take over the planning of our centres," the spokesperson said.
Most councillors spoken to by the Torch said they opposed the targets.
The Department of Planning issued a gateway determination in May allowing the council to proceed to the next stage of higher density residential development in suburbs.
"The next step is for the council to seek public feedback on the proposal, which it plans to do later this year," a Department of Planning spokesperson said.
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