High- rise school scrapped in ex­change for even more units

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SAUCE - BEN PIKE

PLANS to shoe­horn a new school un­der­neath a mas­sive high-rise apart­ment block have been scrapped fol­low­ing a com­mu­nity out­cry.

In­stead, a new pri­mary school in Syd­ney’s in­ner west will get its own site and take 1000 stu­dents in­stead of the orig­i­nal 600.

The Sun­day Tele­graph can also re­veal that, in ex­change for the larger school at Rhodes East, the state gov­ern­ment will al­low de­vel­oper and ma­jor­ity land­holder Bill­ber­gia to build an­other 600 units in Rhodes West.

When the precinct is fin­ished, it will house a pop­u­la­tion greater than Bathurst.

While com­mu­nity mem­bers claim Rhodes East “will put Hong Kong to shame” and “de­stroy the area”, the Depart­ment of Plan­ning is de­lighted.

“We are de­liv­er­ing what the com­mu­nity wants with more open space, in­clud­ing a 7800sq m new fore­shore park, a prom­e­nade along the Par­ra­matta River and greater walk­a­bil­ity,” DoP deputy sec­re­tary of plan- ning and de­sign Brett Whit­worth said.

Drum­moyne Lib­eral MP John Si­doti said that un­like Rhodes West, Rhodes East will get in­fra­struc­ture be­fore apart­ments: “There are a lot of peo­ple com­plain­ing about overde­vel­op­ment, but what peo­ple will get here will be quite dif­fer­ent”.

The gov­ern­ment is also con- sider­ing an of­fer of $360 mil­lion from Bill­ber­gia to fund an up­graded Rhodes train sta­tion, new school and open space.

Known as a Vol­un­tary Plan­ning Agree­ment, it is the big­gest of­fered in NSW, ac­cord­ing to Bill­ber­gia’s Rick Graf, who also promised ex­tra jobs in the area.

The precinct plan will be on ex­hi­bi­tion un­til Fe­bru­ary 2019.

Pro­posed tow­ers.

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