North West Growth Centre new homes development rail link train planning minister Pru Goward

Planning Minister Pru Goward.

Planning Minister Pru Goward.

Over the next 30 years, growth centres across Sydney will become neighbourhoods for up to half a million people with 180,000 homes set to be built. The North West Growth Centre will play a major role in meeting this growth, writes Planning Minister Pru Goward.

Spanning 10,000 hectares across The Hills, Blacktown and Hawkesbury council areas, the North West Growth Centre has had 10 precincts rezoned with capacity for 46,000 homes and 43,000 jobs.

Five more precincts will be rezoned over the next 12 months, increasing capacity for new homes by another 21,000.

Securing this land now helps create a sustainable community by ensuring the land connects to infrastructure, employment areas, hospitals, schools and key transport corridors, such as $8.3 billion North West Rail Link.

Kellyville is one of the North West Rail Link's eight stations that has potential for 4400 new homes and 800 more jobs by 2036.

Working in partnership with The Hills Council, the Department of Planning and Environment completed a survey exploring planning priorities of the Kellyville community. At the top of the list were educational opportunities, access to jobs and reliable public transport.

Over the next nine to 12 months, the NSW government will continue to work with The Hills Council to use this survey to plan for a variety of building types to create a vibrant, active Kellyville around the new station.

This will base new development close to the new station to benefit from its direct station access.There were also be high-quality streetscapes and parks to provide vibrant open spaces.

The Hills Council also has access to $5 million to fast-track infrastructure delivery to support new development across the Kellyville precinct.

■ The Department of Planning and Environment invites the local community to complete a short online survey here to inform future planning priorities.

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