The NSW Government is considering a rezoning application which would see the major development of a “vibrant new town centre” based around the Cherrybrook Metro station.

Landcom – the State Government’s land and property development organisation – is currently exhibiting a rezoning proposal for the Cherrybrook Station State Significant Precinct (SSP), which covers government-owned land next to the metro station.

If the rezoning is approved, a new town hub will be built around the Metro Station with 390 new homes, a supermarket, cafes, community facility and open spaces. There would also be new pedestrian and cycling paths.

Currently, there are three Cherrybrook plans on exhibition (see below) for public comment until 28 August 2022.

 The Department of Planning and Environment is exhibiting the Cherrybrook Precinct Place Strategy, which will help guide the development of the wider Cherrybrook Precinct and inform future rezoning.

 Landcom is exhibiting the rezoning proposal.

 The Department of Planning and Environment is also exhibiting an amendment to State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) Planning Systems, to enable the Cherrybrook Station government land to be listed as a State Significant Development (SSD) site.

If the plans are approved, there would be some 390 new homes built, including the development of apartment blocks five storeys high.

The plans also include a 1,300m2 multi-functional community space to house a multi-purpose community centre (which may include a library); up to 3,200m2 of retail space which could include cafes, restaurants, and supermarket; a new pedestrian and cycle connection through the site.

There would also be some 376 car parking spaces and 177 bicycle parking spaces; a blend of landscaping, architecture and design to support a village type atmosphere; increased tree canopy and green cover on the site, and the protection of the Blue Gum High Forest outside of the site.

The development would also include a “minimum of five per cent ‘affordable housing’ for very low; low; and middle-income earners such as teachers, nurses, cleaners and retail workers”.

The proposed works are a part of The NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s vision to “transform” the Cherrybrook Precinct and surrounds.

In total, the plans show the development of 3,200 new homes; recreation areas; and public spaces which would make the “precinct a social hotspot for residents, while preserving the qualities of the area that long-time resident’s treasure”.

The Cherrybrook Precinct is part of the Northwest Rail Link Corridor Strategy, which aims to create new vibrant centres and housing within walking distance of Metro stations. The Corridor Strategy was finalised in 2013 and included the Cherrybrook Station Structure Plan, which outlines the vision for the Cherrybrook Precinct.

The Cherrybrook 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 north and 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 future development is on the 3.5 hectares of vacant land in the northern and eastern section of the site.

Landcom, on behalf of Sydney Metro, is seeking to change the Cherrybrook SSP site zoning to enable lively mixed-use development around the Metro Station.

Landcom said it commissioned technical investigations and reports required by Study Requirements issued by the Department of Planning and Environment. These studies provided information to support planning for the Cherrybrook SSP.

“We received a broad range of feedback from the community and other stakeholders about the options for the Cherrybrook SSP and have lodged the rezoning application with the Department of Planning and Environment,” Landcom said.

The application includes a Reference Scheme that shows development possibilities under the proposed rezoning. The Reference Scheme is indicative only, the development of the Cherrybrook SSP will require additional detailed planning approvals should the site be rezoned, according to Landcom.

Subject to approval, the development would take up to 10 plus years to be built (delivered in stages).

Residents and the community are being encouraged to provide feedback to the current plans at Submissions close 28 August.

Landcom said it would review submissions from the exhibition and prepare responses to any issues raised for the department to consider. Once issues have been addressed, the final package will be sent to the Minister for Planning and Homes to consider approving the rezoning amendments to the Hornsby LEP.

This is expected to occur in late 2022.