Erskine Park Urban Reinvestment
- Written by Teela Griffin Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 email@example.com https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
Erskine Park Urban Reinvestment is an innovative project by Penrith City Council to revitalise public spaces and deliver a new residential offering to the suburb.
As part of the Greater Western Sydney region, Erskine Park is located 42 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district and is approximately 20 kilometres from both the Penrith and Parramatta CBD’s. It's a thriving established community that provides an abundance of parks excellent transport links and amenities.
Penrith City Council has combined its extensive experience in urban planning and design to rejuvenate underutilised public open space reserves into vibrant new residential places to grow the Erskine Park community.
This exciting opportunity will feature approximately 15 lots and offer a diverse range of housing options, including single residential, dual living or dual occupancy homes.
The project provides an opportunity for Penrith City Council to showcase innovation through demonstration by targeting levels of sustainability beyond best practice and aiming to deliver an environmentally sensitive development by minimising water and energy consumption, while retaining trees and biodiversity.
Public Open Space Transformation
Council identified open space sites in Erskine Park that were underutilised or in need of an upgrade to meet resident’s expectations, as part of its Open Space Reinvestment Project. As a result, six sites have been rezoned for residential development with the proceeds from the sale of this land going directly into improving targeted open space and public domain areas within Erskine Park.
Council has already forward funded $2.65 million of open space and public domain improvements from the anticipated sale of these sites including:
- Four kilometres of continuous footpaths along the Swallow and Peppertree loop road
- Redevelopment Pacific and Phoenix Reserve
- Redevelopment Spica Reserve
- Redevelopment Skylark Reserve
- Erskine Park entrance beautification
- Redevelopment Capella Reserve (to be completed)
- Amenity and storage building at Chameleon Reserve alongside the existing netball courts
- Chameleon Reserve Masterplan
- Chameleon Reserve co-funding of the Five Million Trees Grant in-line with the masterplan, which delivered $300k in tree planting
- It is anticipated that the remainder of the funds generated from the sale of the land will be directed towards the implementation of the Chameleon Reserve masterplan.
Once complete, the project will inject approx. $5.6 million back into Erskine Park and contribute to Penrith City Council’s vision for creating a more liveable and contemporary community that is adapting to the future needs of residents.
New low-density homes will also be constructed on the sites featuring best practice sustainable design and inclusions while ensuring consistency with the residential development standards of the neighbourhood.
Marketing of House and Land Packages and Vacant Land
It is anticipated that the marketing of the house and land packages and the vacant land sites will commence at the start of the subdivision construction phase in Q1 2023.
What is the Erskine Park Urban Reinvestment project?
The Erskine Park Urban Reinvestment project is part of Council’s Open Space Reinvestment Project (OSRP), which commenced via a pilot in Erskine Park and St Clair in Oct 2015. The OSRP identified open space sites in Erskine Park that were underutilised or in need of an upgrade to meet resident’s expectations.
The Erskine Park Urban Reinvestment project provides the delivery mechanism to transform this land from underutilised public open space into residential land; with the funds raised returned to open space improvements.
As a result, six sites have been rezoned for residential development with the proceeds from the sale of this land going directly into improving targeted open space and public domain areas within Erskine Park. The selected improvements were identified during the community consultation phase of the OSRP and are outlined in the Erskine Park Open Space Masterplan Report.
It is anticipated that once complete, the project will inject approx. $5.6 million back into Erskine Park and contribute to Penrith City Council’s vision for creating a more attractive and safer place to live as well as adapting to the future needs of residents.
Is there more information on the Open Space Reinvestment Project?
As part of the Open Space Reinvestment Project (OSRP), Council undertook a community engagement process to seek community feedback on where improvements could be made in the suburb, the types of upgrades and facilities needed, and which underutilised spaces might be used to fund these improvements.
To successfully close out the OSRP, Council will be delivering quality residential outcomes for the suburb through the Erskine Park Urban Reinvestment project to honour the community consultation commitments. It will also deliver the public domain and open space improvements in the locality, as promised from funds generated from the sale of the land.
In November 2019, the OSRP received two prestigious awards from the Planning Institute Australia (NSW) in the Best Planning Idea – Small Project and Hard-Won Victory categories. This is a testament to the extensive planning of the project to deliver the best public space outcomes for the community of Erskine Park.
For more information on the Rezoning Phase of the Open Space Reinvestment project click here.
How long will the redevelopment take to complete?
We expect the subdivision construction phase to commence in Q1 2023, with dwelling construction anticipated for completion 2024.
When will land be available for sale?
What public open spaces has Council already improved?
Council has already forward funded $2.65 million of open space and public domain improvements including:
- Four kilometres of continuous footpaths along the Swallow and Peppertree loop road
- New footpath adjoining Spica Reserve
- Upgrade of Spica Reserve in 2018 with a new playground, shelter, picnic areas, seating, timber and rail boundary fence and gate, sandstone blocks, tree planting, landscaping and public art that delivers an innovative seating area
- Upgrade of Skylark Reserve in 2018 with a new playground, shade sail, seating, timber and rail boundary fence and gate, sandstone blocks, tree planting and landscaping
- Upgrade of Phoenix Reserve in 2017 with new play equipment, softfall and splashpad area, shade sails, footpaths, shelter, picnic areas, seating, sandstone blocks, bins and bubblers as well as extensive tree planting and landscaping
- Erskine Park entrance beautification in 2017
- Amenity and storage building delivered in 2016 at Chameleon Reserve alongside the netball courts
- Chameleon Reserve co-funding of the Five Million Trees Grant in-line with the masterplan, which delivered $300k in tree planting in 2021
View the ‘Public Open Space Upgrades’ gallery on the right-hand side of the website for images of the new upgrades. Improvements are also planned for Capella Reserve and Chameleon Reserve.
What is currently happening onsite?
Development Applications have been lodged seeking subdivision approval for the sites, and Public Exhibition for community feedback has now closed. You can view the DA proposals via Council’s online DA tracker at penrith.city/datracker by searching for DA22/0073, DA22/0074, DA22/0075, DA22/0083, DA22/0084 and DA22/0085.
Once subdivision approval is obtained, construction of the lots will commence in accordance with the development consent conditions.
What is the builder partnering process?
Council will partner with a trusted builder to deliver quality residential outcomes for the project. This partnership will allow Council to work with a preferred builder to achieve built form outcomes in line with approved design guidelines, deliver timely development outcomes so lots do not sit vacant for an extended period, and set new standards in design and sustainability.
The builder partnering process commenced March 2021 with the letting of the tender to establish a Recognised Contractor List (RCL) of suitable residential builders. Following approval of the subdivision development application and construction certificate, Council will then conduct a select tender process to appoint a preferred builder. The staging of the builder partnering process is summarised below:
- Council will obtain necessary statutory subdivision and construction approvals
- Council will select a preferred builder partner through a Select Tender process
- The relationship with the builder will be structured around a partnering agreement that clearly identifies the roles and responsibilities of each party
- The builder will market the house and land packages
- Council will complete the subdivision construction
- Purchasers will enter into a split contract with Council for the land component only, and the builder for the construction of the dwelling only
What impact will the development have on local traffic?
Preliminary traffic and parking modelling studies were prepared to support the rezoning phase of the project. These will be reviewed and updated to ensure the development can be supported using the existing road network into the future. The sites also provide easy access to several key bus routes, encouraging residents to reduce their reliance on cars.
How will this development fit in with the local community?
Why is this site being developed for housing?
Penrith City Council has a responsibility to improve local amenity and housing diversity in the local government area for current and future generations. The sites at Erskine Park have been carefully considered for redevelopment to provide maximum value to the community, with minimal disruption to the neighbourhood.
Will there be any retail or commercial space built as part of the Erskine Park Urban Reinvestment Project?
There will be no commercial or retail opportunities available as part of this project.