Planning proposal request: Waterloo estate (south)

Updates

  • The NSW Land and Housing Corporation lodged a planning proposal request (see below) with the City of Sydney in May 2020 to change the planning controls for the southern part of the Waterloo estate. This follows an announcement by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces in November 2019 that the City of Sydney is the planning authority for the Waterloo estate.
  • The City is currently assessing the planning proposal request. The request differs from the preferred masterplan released by the corporation in January 2019.
  • Following completion of the assessment, a planning proposal will be reported to Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee for consideration. The planning proposal will consider the corporation’s request, however may propose different outcomes to those requested by the corporation. You can learn more about the planning proposal process.
  • You can sign up to receive regular updates and be notified when the assessment of the proposal is reported to Council and at other key milestones (including the start of public consultation).

Inside this section

Community consultation

The City of Sydney will lead community engagement during the public consultation period for the Waterloo south planning proposal.

Resident support

We will continue to work collaboratively with the Department of Communities and Justice to support social housing tenants.

Alternative approach

In March 2019, the City of Sydney gave a presentation on the City's alternative approach to the renewal of the Waterloo estate.

Waterloo Metro Quarter

Waterloo metro station is now under construction and an application for development above the station was approved in December 2019.

Aerial view of Waterloo South.

Planning proposal request

The NSW Land and Housing Corporation has submitted a planning proposal request to redevelop the public and private lands in the southern part of the Waterloo estate (south) by changing the planning controls that apply.

Waterloo south includes land bounded by Cope, Raglan, George, Wellington, Gibson, Kellick, Pitt and McEvoy streets, and has an approximate site area of 12.32 hectares (approximately 65% of the total estate).

It currently comprises 749 social housing dwellings owned by the corporation, 125 privately owned dwellings, and some commercial properties on the south-east corner of Cope and Wellington streets.

The corporation has indicated further requests will follow for other parts of the Waterloo estate.

What’s been proposed?

The redevelopment of the Waterloo estate has been in discussion since 2011 and more recently since 2018.

The current planning proposal request for Waterloo south was lodged with the City of Sydney in May 2020 by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation, after considerable negotiation and review between the City and the corporation. Further negotiation and review will continue during the assessment and technical study phase.

Information about the planning proposal request is shown below.

This page also includes the earlier preferred masterplan released by the corporation in January 2019 and the City of Sydney’s alternative approach for the whole estate released in March 2019.

Planning proposal request currently being assessed by the City

The planning proposal request from the NSW Land and Housing Corporation is for the southern portion of the Waterloo estate only. It seeks to enable the development of:

  • about 3,000 dwellings on the land owned by the corporation
  • a park adjoining Waterloo metro station of more than 2 hectares and another smaller park in the south
  • about 250,000 square metres of floor space (gross floor area) including retail and community spaces
  • 9 tower buildings between 20 and 32 storeys
  • 3 buildings of 15 storeys
  • other buildings up to 8 storeys
  • 30% social, 65% market and 5% affordable housing.

Diagram 3

Previous masterplans

Waterloo estate preferred masterplan – NSW Land and Housing Corporation

After a consultation process in 2018, the corporation released its preferred masterplan for the Waterloo estate in January 2019. The preferred masterplan proposed that buildings would be replaced by around 6,800 dwellings built over 20 years, with 17 towers of up to 40 storeys and a target of 30% social housing.Diagram 1

Waterloo estate alternative approach – City of Sydney

In March 2019 Council endorsed an alternative approach for the whole Waterloo estate, which would see medium-rise high density development with a reduced scale of built form and a large park at the centre of the precinct. Council resolved there should be more social and affordable housing on the site, proposing 20% affordable housing, particularly to include Aboriginal communities,  50% social housing and 30% private housing.Diagram 2

Next steps

The City is currently reviewing the adequacy of the NSW Land and Housing Corporation submission and starting a technical assessment of the planning proposal request and is aiming to report to Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee for consideration in late 2020. The City’s assessment will include consideration of whether building heights, public open space, community facilities space, streets and other proposed changes will result in a positive environmental, social and economic outcome for the estate.

The assessment process will consider the documents the corporation has submitted, however may also propose different or amended outcomes for the planning proposal. It is likely changes will be made to the proposal the corporation has submitted as the process of review will continue during the assessment phase.

If Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee agree, a request will be made that the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces issue a gateway determination to allow Council to consult the public on the planning proposal. This will allow the community to provide feedback on the planning proposal. This feedback will then be considered before a final planning proposal is reported to Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee.

You can read more about the planning proposal process.

Contacts

Nick Knezevic
Specialist Planner
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Friday, 26 June 2020