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About Cherrybrook

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About the Project

The government-owned land around Cherrybrook Station was deemed a State Significant Precinct due to its social and economic characteristics, particularly in relation to the provision of new housing and new jobs.

Get together with a small group of friends or family to complete the coffee table conversation booklet to give feedback on our plans for the government land near Cherrybrook Station.

State Significant Precincts respond to the NSW Government’s strategies for providing well designed buildings and public spaces, healthy environments with open space networks, trees, links to public transport and road networks, and jobs and housing. Due to their significance, State Significant Precincts are assessed by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, in consultation with the local council and the local community.

Landcom is working with Hornsby Shire Council and other stakeholders to prepare a rezoning application to enable a mixed-use precinct with shops, work spaces and homes, along with open space and recreation areas. The vacant land adjacent to Cherrybrook Station will be the focus of new development.

Under the proposed rezoning, development could include:

  • a mix of uses including retail, residential, services and community space
  • about 600 new homes in buildings of around eight storeys in height to meet the needs of people with changing lifestyles and different income levels
  • high quality open space and recreation areas
  • a landscape character which reflects the surrounding area
  • new pedestrian and cycle paths.

Landcom will lodge a rezoning application with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in late 2020.

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Factsheet

Cherrybrook Project vision

Landcom’s vision for the Cherrybrook SSP is for:

An inviting, welcoming place that provides a range of housing choices, open spaces for community activity, spaces for businesses and community facilities, and easy access to new metro services.

The concept plan

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Draft concept plan

Subject to the outcomes of technical studies currently underway, a concept plan is being developed. The concept plan is not a final plan for the Cherrybrook State Significant Precinct. It simply demonstrates how the site could look if the rezoning application is approved.

The draft concept plan indicates the proposed layout of the buildings and key features of the development. The plan has been developed with the existing leafy character of Cherrybrook in mind, and aims to create a safe and welcoming environment for future residents and users.

Watch the video to learn more about the concept plan and the thinking that has informed it.

Download the coffee table conversation booklet to provide your feedback on the concept plan.

Open space

Public open space will guide pedestrians from the station through a new public plaza that steps down to a lower level of open space surrounding the pond. These areas could be suitable for outdoor dining, seating, play or performances.

The open area around the pond could combine nature play and picnic facilities. The ecologically sensitive Blue Gum High Forest located on the northern end of the site, will be kept and celebrated as part of any future development.

In addition to the central public open space, there will also be communal open spaces for residents of the future development, and opportunities through the site for public uses such as community gardens or a skate park.

Community facility

The concept plan proposes a multi-purpose community hub which flows out onto the open space area, with views to the pond. Potential uses could include a library with a multi-functional space.

Retail

The central plaza can be activated with restaurants, cafes and convenience retail such as a small supermarket and local shops.

Built form

The buildings will mainly consist of residential flat buildings of around eight storeys, with potential for some terraces.

If the rezoning application is approved, more detailed plans for the site will be prepared and assessed against the adopted planning controls, and these will be subject to further consultation. Construction will only start once all these processes have been completed.

Watch the video to learn more about the concept plan and the thinking that has informed it.

Download the coffee table conversation booklet to provide your feedback on the concept plan.

Community engagement

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Consultation activities so far

Community consultation about the rezoning of land near Cherrybrook Station began on 24 July 2020. We invited participation through: 

  • delivery of flyers to 2,100 properties in Cherrybrook and West Pennant Hills
  • posting social media announcements on Facebook and LinkedIn
  • sending an update to people who have registered interest in the project
  • emailing 72 Cherrybrook community groups, service providers and businesses
  • sending a media announcement to the Northern District Times.

We also advised the local Member of Parliament and the Hornsby Shire Council Mayor and General Manager that community consultation had started.

Initial consultation activities included:

  • updated information about the project on our website
  • an online survey, which was open between 24 July and 6 September 2020.
  • that same survey conducted over the telephone by an independent research company, aimed at collecting the opinions of three defined age groups (18-39, 40-59 and 60+ years) with roughly equal representation of each group
  • an online feedback form
  • meetings with seven Cherrybrook community groups
  • An online community incubator, bringing together 34 recruited community members from Cherrybrook and West Pennant Hills, and representatives from a small number of community groups.

 

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What have we heard to date?

  • Early feedback from the telephone survey and meetings with community groups indicated that people value the green, open spaces within Cherrybrook and see it as a safe, family-friendly area with access to great schools. Traffic and parking is an issue for many people, while others identified concern about the perceived level of crime. People indicated the suburb lacks a central meeting place and that opportunities for young people to meet and interact with each other safely are missing. People agreed that housing is not very affordable, and that Cherrybrook does not have a mix of housing to cater for those with different lifestyle needs and income levels.
  • Generally, when thinking about the future development, people indicated they want to keep the green look and feel of the area, would welcome a better mix of restaurants and shops, and benefit from more local job opportunities. Feedback also indicated that public spaces should be accessible for everyone and the development should provide spaces where people can meet and come together.

How can you stay involved in the conversation?

We have launched a coffee table conversation booklet, which provides information about our proposal for the land near Cherrybrook Station. The booklet gives you an opportunity to learn more about the project and the thinking that has helped shape our draft concept plan.

Download the booklet and get together with a small group of friends or family to discuss what we’re planning for the future of the Cherrybrook SSP and to tell us what you think. Working through the booklet, your group can review the draft concept plan and have a say on our proposal for the Cherrybrook SSP.

If you need us to send you a copy, drop us a line or call us on 1800 712 292 and we’ll mail one to you.

Completed coffee table discussion booklets are due back by Sunday 27 September 2020.

There are other ways you can have your say on the future of the Cherrybrook SSP:

Sign up for project updates if you would like to hear about future opportunities to have your say.   

We will report back on how we use community feedback to help shape the concept plan.  Any feedback we receive that relates to the wider area will be provided to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to guide their planning for the broader Cherrybrook area. 

At a glance

  • Location

    North of Castle Hill Road and bounded by Robert and Franklin Roads, Cherrybrook

  • Council

    Hornsby Shire  

  • Land size

    7.7 hectares (3.5 hectares of developable land)

  • New residential dwellings

    Subject to further studies, about 600 homes

  • Delivery timing

    Subject to approval, up to 10+ years, delivered in stages

  • Potential land uses

    Subject to further studies, uses could include community space, retail, commercial and open space 

  • Diverse housing

    Meeting the needs of different people at different life stages

Cherrybrook Station Government Land State Significant Precinct

The Cherrybrook Station Government Land State Significant Precinct (Cherrybrook SSP) is 7.7 hectares in area and includes Cherrybrook Station, the commuter carpark, Bradfield Parade and vacant land to the east of the station. The site is bound by Castle Hill Road to the south, Franklin Road to the south-east, and Robert Road to the north-west. The focus of community engagement is on the 3.5 hectares of vacant land in the eastern section of the site.

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The Cherrybrook SSP has the potential to become a vibrant local centre with shops and services, quality public spaces, community services and a mix of housing in a leafy setting and with easy access to business and entertainment districts.

Landcom is seeking to change the Cherrybrook SSP site zoning to enable lively mixed-use development around the new Cherrybrook Station.

We have commissioned the technical investigations and reports required by Study Requirements issued by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. When complete, these studies will provide information to support planning for the Cherrybrook SSP.

The rezoning application, to be lodged in late 2020, will propose high level planning controls to amend the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2013 and Hornsby Development Control Plan (DCP) 2013, including heights, open space provision and setbacks. The application will include an indicative concept plan that shows development possibilities under the proposed rezoning. 

After our rezoning application is lodged, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will place it on public exhibition for further comment. The Department will then review the submissions it receives, before the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces makes a final decision.

Timeline

1

December 2019

Cherrybrook Station government-owned lands declared a State Significant Precinct

2

2019 - late 2020

  • Cherrybrook Station State Significant Precinct rezoning proposal investigation
  • Late 2020 - Rezoning proposal is lodged
3

Late 2020 - early 2021

  • Rezoning proposal is placed on public exhibition by Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Minister for Planning and Public Spaces makes a determination about whether to rezone the site
  • Future development application/s prepared in consultation with the community

Planning for wider Cherrybrook

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is preparing a ‘Precinct Vision and Implementation Plan’ for the broader Cherrybrook Station Precinct. This plan will provide further detail to guide the planning, infrastructure needs and implementation of the 2013 Cherrybrook Structure Plan. The precinct plan will then inform future rezoning proposals for the private land in the broader precinct.

Information about the Cherrybrook Station Precinct planning being led by the Department is available on the Department’s website.

Next steps

Landcom will lodge a rezoning application with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in late 2020.

After our rezoning application is lodged, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will place it on public exhibition for further comment for at least 28 days. The Department will then review the submissions it receives, before the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces makes a final decision.

Tell us what you think

We’re keen to hear your views and ideas for the future of the Cherrybrook SSP. Drop us a line to share your thoughts. You can upload some images to help us understand the features you’d like to see included in the new local centre.

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Contact the team

If you need help to access the booklet or you want to speak to a team member about the project:

Call us: 1800 712 292

Email us: sydneymetronorthwest@landcom.nsw.gov.au

Trouble shooting

  1. Before you start giving us your feedback, please SAVE the pdf to your computer.
  2. If you are using Chrome, it’s likely a new browser/window will open. If that’s the case, please click the DOWN arrow on the top right corner of your screen (see icon below) arrow
  3. Your automatic File Explorer will open, then proceed to save the document to your preferred folder.
  4. When you are ready to send us the Coffee Table Booklet, please click the SUBMIT button found on the last page of the booklet or simply open your email and attach the booklet (already saved in your File Explorer) and email us to cherrybrookconsultation@newgatecomms.com.au.
  5. If you have already answered all the questions and the SUBMIT button is not working, all you need to do is SAVE the pdf to your computer. Once you have done this, click the SUBMIT button again to send us the Coffee Table Book.

Any other questions please contact us at:sydneymetronorthwest@landcom.nsw.gov.au