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More housing in Glebe renewal

Artist impression of Cowper Street, Glebe.

The NSW Government is boosting social housing supply in Glebe with demolition soon to commence at Cowper Street to make way for 75 new inner-city apartments.

NSW Land and Housing Corporation Acting Chief Executive Deborah Brill said that LAHC is contributing to Glebe’s vibrant and diverse community, with construction expected to start at Cowper Street mid-year.

“This is all part of the Government’s plans for 4,300 new dwellings across the City of Sydney Local Government Area (LGA),” Ms Brill said.

“More than 1,200 of these properties will be for social housing – a 38 percent increase in social housing across major proposed redevelopment sites in the LGA.

“Cowper Street will include three studios, 40 one-bedroom and 27 two-bedroom apartments, along with five three-bedroom homes for larger families.”

Ms Brill said LAHC is also exploring potential redevelopment at 82 Wentworth Park Road and has started engaging with the residents and the community.

“The plans would see 17 dated units converted into a modern, new complex with a mix of around 45 one and two-bedroom social housing units.

“It will make better use of the site by building modern and energy efficient dwellings that are fit-for-purpose and suit the historic character of the neighbourhood.

The number of social housing units would be increased from 36 to around 120 across both Cowper Street and 82 Wentworth Park Road, while creating hundreds of local construction jobs.

“We're focused on building more social housing for people in need, with developments that complement and enhance local character, and which are close to jobs, transport links, and vital community services,” Ms Brill said.

“Everyone deserves a roof over their head and a safe place to call home. We’re proud to enable more housing in the right locations so that people and families feel valued, accepted and included.”

Inspired by historic woolstore buildings and Glebe’s iconic Victorian terraces, LAHC’s Cowper Street project was designed by award-winning Sydney architectural firm Johnson Pilton Walker with the Prince’s Trust Australia (PTA) providing invaluable advice and support on buildings’ environmental performance and sustainability and traditional architecture outcomes.

The process to identify a builder to bring this design to life has begun, with the successful contractor able to access the NSW Government’s $80 million apprenticeship program designed to help build careers in the housing, construction and community housing sectors.

“This project offers a fantastic opportunity for young people, ideally from the inner-city, to launch their careers in construction by building homes in their own communities,” Ms Brill said.

For more information please see current projects in Glebe.