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State award for Canterbury Road vision

State award for Canterbury Road vision The City of Canterbury Bankstown has been recognised for the work it’s doing to address development issues in the Canterbury Road corridor, the legacy of inappropriate development approvals made by the former Canterbury Council. No  

​The City of Canterbury Bankstown has been recognised for the work it’s doing to address development issues in the Canterbury Road corridor, the legacy of inappropriate development approvals made by the former Canterbury Council.

The NSW Planning Institute of Australia gave the top prize for planning excellence to Council, in the Hard Won Victory category, for its Canterbury Road Corridor Review Project. This involved an independent committee, led by the Department of Planning, carrying out an extensive review of previous development approvals, which allowed for excessive height and scale along the 8.6 kilometre stretch of the corridor, from Hurlstone Park to Punchbowl.

Following the completion of the review, which included extensive community consultation, the City of Canterbury Bankstown rejected nine of 10 planning proposals, lodged for land in the corridor, while one was withdrawn by the applicant. It also continues to work towards introducing all 14 of the committee’s recommendations, including:

  • Establishing appropriate zoning, urban design and built-form controls along the corridor;
  • Establishing measures to address environmental issues, including noise and pollution; and
  • Addressing traffic, transport and car parking issues.

Mayor Khal Asfour welcomed the recognition.

"There has been a lot of work done to address the many issues we inherited in this corridor," Mayor Asfour said.

"And, there’s a lot of work that still remains to be done, so residents have good access to parks, community facilities, public transport and shops.

"This is all about rebuilding trust."

Other improvements include:

  • The introduction of user-friendly e-planning tools on Council’s website;
  • Work starting on a new city-wide Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to guide all development;
  • Achieving a median determination time for development applications of just 40 days, one of the best in NSW;
  • The establishment a Community Voice Panel and special interest groups, which work with Council to provide feedback to the NSW Government on its Sydenham to Bankstown project; and
  • The endorsement of the Better Placed Policy, which emphasises good design is critical to creating liveable, productive, sustainable and resilient communities.

The NSW Planning Institute of Australia also highly commended Council for its Community Voice Panel, and involvement in the Greenway Project.


 12/02/2019 9:50 AM