“But to do it, we can not do it in the normal way, we can not act as usual planning.”
Mr Cantrill said planning for the site had started by designing easily accessible parks and streets – wide enough for pedestrians and cyclists – and areas with deep soil to enable mature trees to provide shade in hot weather.
Three towers of approximately 30 storeys would be allowed towards the southern end of the site to reduce shade and wind tunnels. The rest will be between four and 13 floors, with most on eight floors.
“All we really do is redistribute the same amount in another form. It’s kind of like a jigsaw puzzle. But it is not that we approach it as an abstract puzzle. The goal is to make where everyone lives as well as possible. ”
Under the proposal, a total of 3,067 homes will include 920 social homes, 613 affordable homes for low-income earners and 1,534 private homes will be built on publicly owned land.
Sydney’s city planning chief Ben Pechey said the project would follow the government’s policy of rebuilding aging public housing with 70 per cent private and 30 per cent social housing.
But he said the council was pushing for a larger share, about 20 percent, of the homes to be affordable housing, of which 10 percent would be for residents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
“The buildings are generally of the same type. “They will be permanent residents by nature, whether they house social housing, market housing or affordable housing – they will all look the same,” said Pechey.
Sydney City Councilwoman Linda Scott said the council and the state government should increase the number of homes on the site rather than “crushing new public housing options”.
“The city needs more affordable and public housing, not less.”
The proposal will be discussed by the council later this month. If approved, it will be referred to NSW Planning Secretary Rob Stokes during the state’s gateway “approval process before being put on public display.
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