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Go-ahead for $1bn Sydney suburb

16 Feb The green light has been given for the AU$1bn (£560m) creation of a new town centre in the north-west of Sydney, Australia.

The New South Wales (NSW) government has approved the plan, which is set to create more than 1,920 construction jobs.

Minister for planning and public spaces Rob Stokes said the new town centre will change the face of The Hills Showground area and serve the community for decades to come. “This exciting new development in the heart of The Hills will create homes, jobs and outstanding public spaces on the doorstep of a Metro station,” he said. “It will offer a diversity of housing for people with different lifestyles and open space that will include a park and plaza.

“This development will also inject $995 million into the economy while creating 1,920 construction jobs and 674 operational jobs at a time when we need them most.”

Member for Castle Hill Ray Williams said the plans include up to 1,620 new homes and more than 13,000 square metres of commercial floor space. “There will be 4,900 square metres of new public open space, 500 square metres of community facilities and at least five per cent affordable housing for a minimum of 10 years,” he added. “These are plans for The Hills that the local community have been widely consulted on. Based on their feedback, we reduced the number of new homes from 1,900 to 1,620.”

The development will include nine building envelopes, ranging in height from three to 21 storeys.

The NSW government and federal government will jointly fund upgrades to intersections of Showground Road with Carrington Road and De Clambe Drive, Castle Hill.

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