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CASTLE HILL $3 billion ‘urban city of the future’ at showground Parkland, commercial and retail bonanza in Showground plan EXCLUSIVE
Jake McCallum

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Artist’s impression of plans for The Showground Precinct development.

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The Showground masterplan “aimed to deliver a world-class development”.

THOUSANDS of homes, commercial space and parklands have been revealed as part of a $3 billion residential project to revolutionise living in the Castle Hill Showground precinct.

The Showground masterplan includes a proposal for 3600 apartments, with 720 homes dedicated to affordable housing for first-home buyers, service workers, veterans and the disabled.

Urban Planner chief executive Joe Chiha said 90,000sq m of residential land would be on offer as part of the masterplanned vision for the future of The Showground precinct, which would include more than 7000sq m of public open space, 5000sq m of public sporting fields and community amenities funded by Urban Planning, as well as access to Showground Metro Station.

“Our focus has been on creating public spaces that promote health, happiness and wellbeing,” he said.

“We have highlighted some important community infrastructure that needs to be included in the precinct to be vibrant and safe.”

There will also be three childcare centres, a digital room, community shared spaces, street furniture including play equipment and health and fitness equipment, adaptable spaces for an ageing population and precinct-wide free Wi-Fi.

The Showground provided one of the largest commitments by a private developer for affordable housing in Australia, Mr Chiha said.

“Private and corporate investors agreed to dedicate 10 per cent of all dwellings — 360 apartments — for sale to firsthome buyers at below- market rate, along with other incentives including reduced deposit requirements, plus another 10 per cent for submarket rental by key workers, veterans and the disabled,” Mr Chiha said.

“I can guarantee a good deal for first-home buyers with the successful future owners probably having to have their name drawn out of a hat by a government representative.

“We have spent the best part of two years in consultation with all stakeholders and we’re determined to meet their needs and set the bar very high with masterplanning.”

Mr Chiha said the project needed extensive consultation and its “desire to deliver a world-class development” meant the council, the Greater Sydney Commission and the Planning Department were consulted to “bridge the gap between our vision and our stakeholders”.

Mr Chiha said discussions were also enabling the opportunity for Urban Planning to provide two rent-free apartments for families who are victims of domestic violence.

“We believe as developers we have a social responsibility to provide much-needed affordable housing, so there will be a range of products from one-, two- and threebedroom designs and with each type of housing there will be an affordable bracket dedicated to first home buyers and key service workers.”

Mr Chiha said the proposal was a result of several years of consultation with NSW Planning and The Hills Shire Council.

“We are ready to build a world-class, architecturally superior development where families will want to live,” he said.

“In the early stages our planners and designers highlighted the need to widen the local streets so as to create a safe and functioning street network.

“The Showground is proposing to deliver street widening to the value of $28 million at no cost to the community.”

Mr Chiha said he hoped to have new residents turning the key to their new home a short time after the Sydney Metro opened, in late 2019.

“We have masterplanned an entire community from scratch and we are ready to start building,” he said.

“Our vision means the buildings are second to the landscape, it is all about integration with the wider community and that is the forefront of our concept.”

*Source: Hill Shire Times Tuesday 27th March 2018