Norwest planning proposal
In December 2018, Landcom lodged a Planning Proposal with The Hills Shire Council to support the amendment of The Hills Local Environment Plan (LEP) 2012. The amendment will enable the development of a diverse employment centre on the government owned land adjacent to the new Norwest Station. The planning proposal seeks to amend The Hills Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to alter the development controls for land at 25-31 Brookhollow Avenue, Norwest by increasing the Floor Space Ratio and Height of Building controls, and reducing the minimum lot size for this land. The proposal also seeks to permit ‘neighbourhood supermarkets’ as an additional permitted use on the site.
Amending the LEP could facilitate a commercial, retail and hotel development within three buildings with heights up to 11, 23 and 25 storeys providing for approximately 1,700 new jobs. The site will provide approximately 39,455m2 of office floor space, 3,900m2 of retail floor space (including 1,000m2 for a small format supermarket), and 8,645m2 of short term accommodation such as a hotel.
In 2019, The Hills Shire Council submitted a Council Report to the Local Planning Panel regarding the Norwest Planning Proposal recommending to proceed to Gateway Determination which was endorsed by the Local Planning Panel. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment also supported the proposal. You can review the report and the Determination here.
Landcom and The Hills Shire Council are working together to prepare information for public exhibition of the proposed changes to the LEP which is expected to occur in mid 2020. Following the exhibition period, Council will prepare a report on the consultation to the Department for their consideration to finalise the LEP. Once the LEP is amended, Landcom’s appointed developer will progress will lodge a DA with Council for the future built form.