Planning for the Ashmore precinct

Planning for the Ashmore precinct

The planning process

Located in Erskineville and bordering Alexandria, the Ashmore precinct is one of the City of Sydney’s biggest urban development projects. We support sustainable development that meets the needs of a growing population and respects the character of surrounding suburbs.

The planning controls for Ashmore were developed in consultation with the community and landowners. The current planning controls for the site are the Sydney Local Environment Plan (LEP) 2012 and the Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 (Sydney DCP).

Terraces, townhouses and apartments are fronted by new tree-lined streets. Residents are enjoying walking and riding bikes to get to work, school, transport hubs, shops and the city. New greenery and public spaces underpin the development assessment process in the area.

In future years a retail area with cafes and a small supermarket will be built next to McPherson Park, a new 7,400sqm central park where residents can relax and socialise.

Kooka Walk will provide a green walking and cycling link between Harry Noble Park in the north and Sydney Park in the south.

Landscaping along streets and footpaths also helps us manage stormwater. A planned 2020 upgrade of Macdonald Street will include a stormwater drain, separated cycleway, new footpaths and landscaping.

The work is part of a bigger joint Sydney Water project to build a new drain to reduce flood risk during heavy rainfall.

You can review the area's current development status.

Improving biodiversity

All new developments have a 3m landscaped setback, and new streets have trees and plantings. This landscaping provides more habitat for small birds, such as fairy wrens and New Holland honeyeaters, reptiles and invertebrates.


New and greater capacity drainage infrastructure – including pipework, swales and a detention basin – is being built into the street network and public open space.

Find out more about stormwater management.

Community and wellbeing

The City and the University of New South Wales surveys residents and workers about their experiences and needs. We are using the survey results to support the community with services and programs.


Samantha Bird
Specialist Planner
02 9265 9333


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Last updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2018