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Sydney's north-west is changing before the eyes of residents, spurred by the opening of a $7.3 billion metro train line two months ago and a fast-growing population.
Yet the dozens of apartment buildings to have sprung up within 800 metres of the new stations between Rouse Hill and Epping in the past three years are only the start of what is planned.
Two years ago, a 10-year plan was unveiled for about 11,000 dwellings around six of the new stations – Tallawong, Kellyville, Bella Vista, Norwest, Castle Hill Showground and Cherrybrook – on the metro line, which cuts through the burgeoning suburbs of the city's north-west.
An artist's impression of the apartment buildings planned for the Tallawong Station precinct at Rouse HillCREDIT:LANDCOM
So far, the construction of apartments near stations represents a small proportion of those slated. Eleven developments were completed near Rouse Hill, Kellyville, Norwest and Castle Hill stations in the two years to June 2018, only one of which comprised more than 100 apartments. More than half of them were small developments of two to 10 dwellings each, NSW Planning figures show.
In fact, most of the apartment construction has been around the well-established Epping station, where 21 developments were completed in the two years to June last year. Epping caters for passengers who use both metro trains and Sydney Trains services on the T9 Northern line.
According to NSW Planning, 13 multi-dwelling developments between Epping and Rouse Hill are due to be completed within the next three years.
A commuter snaps a selfie outside Hills Showground station on the new Metro Northwest line. CREDITETER RAE
Much of the land around the new stations on the metro line is owned by the NSW government, and its development is overseen by its land and property development organisation Landcom.
Under Landcom's 10-year plans for up to 11,000 dwellings, between 6000 and 8000 medium to high-density homes ranging from apartments to townhouses and terrace-style houses will be built at Tallawong, Kellyville and Bella Vista. The remainder will be constructed at Epping, Cherrybrook and Hills Showground.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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