PHEP activity + Infrastructure update + Future ‘aerotropolis’

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Penrith is New West

Penrith Health & Education Precinct

Council recently approved a development on the corners of Hargrave, Somerset and Derby Streets in Kingswood, within the Penrith Health and Education Precinct (PHEP). The six and seven-storey mixed use building (pictured) includes commercial space on the ground floor, 115 apartments and three levels of basement car parking, and totals $36.55 million.
There is also a development application for two seven-storey residential apartment blocks at 19 Rodgers Street, Kingswood. The development, totalling over $35 million, proposes 132 apartments and car parking.
The strategic vision for PHEP is to be renewed. The PHEP Stakeholder Group – which includes representatives from Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, Nepean Private Hospital, WSI TAFE NSW, Western Sydney University, Medical School University of Sydney, Nepean Hospital Research Foundation and Penrith City Council – has commissioned Deloitte to help develop the precinct's future focus and activity. PHEP is a specialised precinct for health education, research and related industries located in Kingswood/Werrington. When PHEP’s strategic vision was first developed in 2011 the precinct had the potential to provide 13,000 jobs, 4,500 dwellings and facilities for an additional 15,000 students. Click to download the original Strategic Vision

Promoting walking and connections

Walking promotes ideas, innovation and collaboration, according to an investigation into pedestrian environments in health and education precincts. The Walk, Talk, Work study, by Michaela Sheahan, found precincts with high quality public spaces encourage people to walk and make connections. This in turn leads to more collaboration and innovation between individuals and institutions. Creating spaces that are vibrant and a pleasure to walk around is a key priority for the blueprint for the Penrith City Centre, established by Penrith Progression.
Download the Penrith Progression: A Plan for Action summary
The Penrith Health and Education Precinct shares this vision, aiming to be one of Australia’s premier destinations for health, education, medical research and related industry.
Click to read the Walk Talk Work study
Penrith was ranked Western Sydney's fourth most liveable suburb in Domain Liveable Sydney 2016. The study ranks 555 Sydney suburbs based on liveability. It scored Penrith top marks for shopping, eating out and bus services, and well above average for culture, telecommunications coverage and road congestion. Click for more

Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan

The Northern Road upgrade
NSW Roads and Maritime Services has developed a preliminary design and access strategy for The Northern Road Upgrade between Eaton Road, Luddenham and Littlefields Road, Luddenham. After considering community feedback and further review of the road design, alternate access arrangements have been developed. RMS is seeking feedback on these proposals until Wednesday 17 August 2016.
Get more information
M12 Motorway
The consultation period for the M12 Motorway shortlisted route options closed in March 2016. A report summarising the feedback received and the responses from RMS is now available.
Download the Community Consultation Report (19MB pdf)
Werrington Arterial Road
The upgrade of Kent Road and Gipps Street, Claremont Meadows, between the M4 Motorway and the Great Western Highway is expected to be finished in late 2016.  Click for  more information
Glenmore Parkway to Jamison Road
Tenders are currently being assessed for the upgrade of The Northern Road, from Glenmore Parkway to Jamison Road.
Click for more informtion on The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan including 3D animations of projects
The 2015 Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan Report Card said about 4000 direct and indirect jobs were expected to be created during the 10-year lifespan of the project. At the end of 2015 there was an average of 325 full time positions working on WSIP projects, including consultants and contractors. Forecasts indicated that this number would increase in 2016 as some projects progressed from planning to construction. Another update is due in the next month.

Development applications

A $13.5 million development for a six and seven-storey apartment block has been approved for 40-50 Union Road, Penrith. There will be a total of 97 apartments and associated car parking.
A six-storey residential apartment block, with 61 apartments and associated car parking, has been proposed for 119 Derby Street, Penrith. The application, by Ck Design Pty Ltd, totals $10.5 million. Meanwhile, an application has been received for a mixed use development at 9 Queen Street, St Marys. The $9.3 million development by W&T Australia Pty Ltd includes 33 apartments, one floor of commercial space and basement car parking.

Future 'aerotropolis'

The future Western Sydney Airport has the fundamental ingredients to become a successful “aerotropolis”, according to a report commissioned by the NSW Business Chamber.
World-renowned US academic John Kasarda, who developed the urban form that placed airports in the centre with cities growing around them, prepared the report A Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
Sydney Business Chamber Western Sydney Director David Borger said: “This report demonstrates that with a collective vision and 21st century mindset we can build an aerotropolis around the Western Sydney Airport which will help us set up Western Sydney to take advantage of 21st century economic opportunities.”
Examples of the aerotropolis concept include the areas around
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Incheon in South Korea and
Dallas-Fort Worth in Texas.
Penrith Council is committed to maximising opportunities associated with the future Western Sydney Airport. In order to do that, we have commissioned Western Sydney University to assist us in understanding:
  • the nature of the economic opportunities for Penrith
  • additional jobs generated and likely job profile
  • how the workforce can be trained and upskilled, and
  • how to maximise investment and jobs growth.
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