Planning proposal request: Waterloo estate (south)

The NSW Government’s planning proposal request for Waterloo estate (south) proposes to change the planning controls on the Waterloo estate to deliver a mix of public, affordable and private housing.

Project Status: Planned

What we’re doing

The redevelopment of the Waterloo housing estate by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation is a large-scale project to provide a mix of social, affordable and private housing in Waterloo.

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Update

  • 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 of Sydney is currently assessing the planning proposal request. The request differs from the preferred masterplan released by Land and Housing in January 2019.
  • On 9 July 2020 the City of Sydney presented an overview of the planning proposal to the community at a public meeting held by REDWatch. A webinar (below) has been prepared by the City of Sydney which presents the information shared at the meeting.
  • 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 Land and Housing’s request, however may propose different outcomes to those requested by Land and Housing. 

An aerial view with the affected portion highlighted.

Planning proposal request

The NSW Land and Housing Corporation has submitted a planning proposal request to change the planning controls that apply to the southern portion of the Waterloo estate (Waterloo south).

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 NSW Land and Housing Corporation, 125 privately owned dwellings, and some commercial properties on the south-east corner of Cope and Wellington streets.

The NSW Land and Housing Corporation has indicated further requests will follow for other parts of the Waterloo estate.

The planning proposal request is to facilitate the redevelopment and renewal of the site into an integrated mixed-tenure community, replacing and providing social, affordable and private market housing.

The request is to amend the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012 to increase building heights and density to allow for around 3,000 dwellings, plus space for businesses, shops and community facilities, along with a large new park and other public spaces.

The proposed mix of housing in Waterloo south is 30% social housing and 70% private housing including affordable housing. This reflects the NSW Government’s communities plus program.

Waterloo south planning proposal webinar – 9 July 2020

Waterloo south planning proposal webinar – 9 July 2020

This 23-minute webinar is presented by Peter John Cantrill, program manager – urban design at the City of Sydney. It includes an explanation of the planning proposal request and documents lodged with the City of Sydney by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation in May 2020 for the redevelopment of the Waterloo estate (south).

This 23-minute webinar is presented by Peter John Cantrill, program manager – urban design at the City of Sydney.

It includes an explanation of the planning proposal request and documents lodged with the City of Sydney by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation in May 2020 for the redevelopment of the Waterloo estate (south).

Current and previous proposals

A drawing of the affected area.
A drawing of the affected area.
A drawing of the affected area.