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Indiciative image of what Redfern redevelopment could look like

Stage:

Rezoning Gazettal February 2022 - Request for Proposals process in progress

Address:

600 Elizabeth Street, Redfern

Indicative land area:

1.1 Ha

Delivering more new and better housing in the inner city

The NSW Government is continuing its work to deliver more new and better housing in inner city Sydney, with its landmark Elizabeth Street, Redfern, project set to deliver around 300 new homes, including around 95 social housing properties.

The proposed development, located opposite Redfern Oval, will feature a modern design and high-quality features, in line with the evolving look, feel and culture of the local area.

The development is in close proximity to public transport, including the new Metro Station at Waterloo, shops and other important services, and will include a multi-use community facility.

Indicative image of future laneway at site

Maximising social housing

The NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) is working to actively grow and manage the supply of the right types of housing, at the right time, in the right areas. One of LAHC’s objectives for the project is optimising social housing on the site at no cost to government.

The Elizabeth St, Redfern site was originally proposed under the Build to Rent model (BTR), where apartments would have been leased on an ongoing basis.

However, proposed planning controls reduced the site’s dwelling yield to a level where a BTR model was not viable and no longer met the objective of delivering the project at no cost to government.

As a result, in October 2021, LAHC announced it was proceeding with the redevelopment of the site under a more traditional development model, whereby LAHC makes its land available for redevelopment and the private or not-for-profit sector funds and manages construction. LAHC keeps the social housing and the private or not-for-profit sector sells the private housing, and sells or retains the affordable housing.

Read the media release: New proposal for new homes in Redfern

This development model is called Build to Sell (BTS) and it achieves LAHC's key objective of maximising social housing on the site.

An expression of interest (EOI) was released in October 2021, seeking a developer to work with LAHC to deliver the renewal project and, after a shortlisting process, a request for proposal (RFP) was released to the shortlisted parties on 2 May 2022.

Outline of proposed redevelopment site
Aerial view showing proposed redevelopment site

Redfern redevelopment precinct

The 1.1 hectare site is bounded by Elizabeth, Kettle, Walker and Phillip Streets. It is conveniently located opposite Redfern Park and the historic Redfern Oval.

The site is in walking distance of the existing Redfern and Central Stations and the future Metro station at Waterloo.

Residents will also enjoy easy access to education, training and local employment opportunities.

Indicative aerial view of Redfern redevelopment from the south

In November 2019, the rezoning pathway for Redfern changed from a State Significant Precinct (SSP) process led by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to a Planning Proposal process led by the City of Sydney.

The City of Sydney placed the Planning Proposal for the project on public exhibition in 2021. The Planning Proposal was unanimously approved by the City of Sydney Council in November 2021 and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment issued the rezoning of the land on 18 February 2022.

The NSW Government will continue to work closely with the City of Sydney and Government Architect NSW on the Redfern project, to ensure the development will meet the needs of the existing and future community.

Indicative image of a future laneway

Design features

The proposal allows for:

  • A new mixed community of around 310 homes subject to Development Application (DA) approval
  • A mix of social and private housing
  • Building heights in line with the local character
  • A mix of building heights with the majority of the site nine storeys or less
  • Provision for new garden roof tops and outdoor space for residents
  • Community facility, new shops, cafes and communal spaces

Pending approvals, construction on the Redfern project is expected to begin in 2024, with works completed in 2026/27.