Your feedback on the possible rezoning proposal for Little Eveleigh Street, Redfern

A preliminary investigation to rezone Little Eveleigh Street, Redfern to allow for commercial uses.

A cafe in an old terrace house.
A cafe in a former terrace house.
Small business in a single storey cottage.

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What we’re doing

We invite your feedback on a preliminary investigation into changing the zoning of Little Eveleigh Street to allow business uses. The change would only allow additional uses, it would not affect the height of buildings or the status of the heritage conservation area.

Why we’re doing this

We’ve been approached by some Little Eveleigh Street residents to explore the possibility for the existing houses on the street to accommodate businesses such as shops, cafes, galleries and small offices.

As a result of the Redfern station upgrade project, the new southern concourse and new entry to the station, it’s anticipated pedestrian volumes along Little Eveleigh Street will increase. Some community members have suggested that a broader range of uses would better match the new situation.  

The area is currently zoned R1 General Residential, which is predominantly for housing and allows very limited business uses. Changing the zoning to B1 Neighbourhood Centre would allow for a range of retail and business uses within the existing buildings. This would serve the needs of people who live in, work in and visit the local area.

Aerial photo highlights potential area for rezoning of residences on Little Eveleigh Street from the corner of Lawson Street to the corner of Wilson Street.
Aerial rezoning map view of Little Eveleigh Street, Redfern

Comparison of land uses and example locations

Current zoning: R1 General residential Potential change: B1 Neighbourhood Centre 
  • meet housing needs
  • other land uses to meet the day to day needs of residents
  • small-scale business to support surrounding neighbourhood
  • some housing

Example areas/uses

Crown Street, Surry Hills; St Johns Road and Glebe Point Road, Glebe:

  • health consulting rooms
  • accountant office
  • cafes/restaurants

We were asked to provide more detail on the types of uses and trading hours allowed in a B1 Neighbourhood Centre zone.

Permitted with development consent

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Business premises such as offices
  • Cafe
  • Health consulting rooms
  • Home industry - artisan manufacturing for online sale
  • Neighbourhood shops selling general merchandise for day to day needs
  • Restaurants including small bars
  • Shop-top housing


  • Entertainment facilities
  • Function centres
  • Indoor recreation facilities
  • Restricted premises – adult shops
  • Sex service premises
  • Tourist and visitor accommodation including backpackers’ accommodation and hotels

If Little Eveleigh Street is rezoned as B1 Neighbourhood Centre, any to change to a building including extending trading hours to midnight would require development consent and its impact on surroundings including use, noise and hours would be assessed.

While we’re only in the preliminary phase of this project, current planning controls allow for trading hours from 7am to 10pm in similar facilities, such as the neighbourhood centres on Abercrombie Street and St John’s Road, Glebe. 

Next steps

If there is sufficient community support for this, the City of Sydney will continue with the investigation work and will prepare a formal proposal for Council to consider.

How you can give feedback

Consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 23 February 2021.

We have a range of ways you can provide your feedback:

Other ways you can give feedback

Feedback may be published in publicly available reports at the end of the consultation period. Your name or organisation’s name may appear in these reports with your feedback attributed. If you would like your feedback to be kept confidential, please let us know when making your submission.