In 2016, after announcing shocking high-density proposals for Waterloo Estate, the NSW Government promised to go back to the drawing board and work with our communities on plans for Waterloo.
On Friday 3 August 2018, Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced three proposals for the redevelopment of Waterloo Estate - which will see the Estate's current 2012 homes swell to 7200 in new 40-storey tower blocks.
Once complete in 20 years, the redeveloped Waterloo Estate will be one of the highest density precincts in Australia.
The massive redevelopment ignores City planning controls and is being proposed despite the fact that it is already surrounded by other huge development sites - with no detail about how the area will cope.
Next door to the Estate is the proposed Waterloo Metro Quarter, which will house 700 people in four tall towers ranging from 14 to 29 storeys. Nearby is Australian Technology Park - which will see more than 10,000 extra workers in the area - and the Green Square development site which will be home to 61,000 people and 22,000 workers.
All these developments will be surrounded by traffic streaming off the WestConnex St Peter’s interchange - expected to bring 120,000 extra cars into the city every day.
This is a planning disaster and a significant threat to Sydney’s future economic growth and livability.
The reality is that the pretty pictures in the Government’s brochures will turn out to be the ghettos of the future. Tall dark towers next to overshadowed parks and streets gridlocked by congestion.
And at a time when social and affordable housing is at crisis point – these proposals do shockingly little to address the urgent need for more. Even though 30 per cent of the proposed development is slated for social housing, the three proposals show that at best the current number of social housing will increase by 148 homes, at worst it will be reduced by 62 homes. And at just five per cent of the overall housing mix - there will only be a maximum of 360 affordable housing dwellings.
And for this thousands of public housing tenants will be forced out of their homes.
I have asked the CEO to urgently review these proposals so we can keep the community informed about what is really going on.
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