Planning proposal: Waterloo estate (south)

The planning proposal for Waterloo estate (south) will change the planning controls to provide a mix of public, affordable and private housing.

Project Status: In progress

Public consultation period to


On 17 March 2021 the planning process for the Waterloo south planning proposal changed.

The City of Sydney is no longer the planning authority for the planning proposal.

The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces has made the NSW Department of Planning and Environment responsible for the planning process.

The department placed the Waterloo South Planning Proposal on statutory public exhibition until 29 April 2022.

To find more information about the plans, please visit the department’s website.

We provided our submission to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

About the planning proposal

NSW Land and Housing Corporation lodged a request with the City of Sydney in May 2020 to change the planning controls for the southern part of the Waterloo housing estate. This followed an announcement by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces in November 2019 that the City of Sydney is the plan making authority for the Waterloo estate.

The City of Sydney made some important changes to the request from the NSW Land and Housing Corporation to increase the amount of affordable housing in the development, including housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households and to improve the living environment for residents so that: 

  • streets and walkways will be wider and easier to navigate
  • there will be a new main street with shops and services
  • more of the buildings will be medium rise
  • there will be fewer towers and these will be at the southern edge of the estate, where they will minimise the overshadowing of apartments 
  • there will be more sunlight and wind impacts will be better managed.

The planning proposal allows for around 3,000 dwellings, which is similar to the NSW Land and Housing Corporation's request.

The planning proposal includes space for a large park next to the Waterloo metro station and a smaller park. Also, spaces for community facilities, retail and commercial uses.

The images below are of the City of Sydney's planning proposal. The department updated the proposal in line with the gateway determination before public exhibition. 

To view the updated plans, please visit the department’s website.

City of Sydney proposal

View along a paved pedestrian-friendly street flanked by apartment buildings towards a park.
View along a street with ample sidewalks flanked by apartment buildings. There is an outdoor cafe seating.
View of a park with trees, people sitting on a bench, and apartment buildings in the distance.

About the Waterloo south area

Waterloo south is 12.32 hectares – that’s around 65% of the total Waterloo estate.

It currently includes:

  • 749 social housing units owned by NSW Land and Housing Corporation
  • 120 private units and houses
  • some commercial properties.

The area for the redevelopment for Waterloo south is marked in the map below.

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

Map outlining the areas of redevelopment.

What this means for tenants in Waterloo south

NSW Land and Housing Corporation is responsible for the redevelopment of the estate. This means it decides who it partners with and who’ll own or manage new social and community housing.

The long-term project includes many steps such as detailed development applications for new buildings. The applications are likely to be assessed by NSW Department of Planning and Environment as NSW Land and Housing Corporation projects over $100 million are state significant development.

NSW Land and Housing Corporation said it will give at least 6 months notice to any tenants who must move while the site is being redeveloped. The City of Sydney will work closely with the NSW Government to make sure the wellbeing of existing tenants is prioritised during the changes.

If you have any questions about future tenant relocations, please contact the NSW Land and Housing Corporation on 1800 738 718 or email [email protected].