More jobs for Blacktown

Published 25th May, 2015 in Economy

Blacktown will be revitalised and gain more jobs, following the approval of a new Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

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Artist impression of the kind of development anticipated under the LEP provisions.

The plan will accommodate up to 30,000 new jobs in the area, and fits in with Blacktown being earmarked as a strategic centre in the NSW Government’s A Plan for Growing Sydney.

Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali said Blacktown had the biggest population of any council area in NSW with more than 340,000 people. "This is predicted to grow to around 540,000 by 2036," Bali said.

The LEP also provides new planning guidelines to foster a lively community with homes close to jobs, transport links, shops and leisure activities.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes said Blacktown had a bright future with the LEP paving the way for a range of exciting development in the area.

“This signals a new era for Blacktown and its residents, with more jobs, top-notch public facilities and leisure opportunities,” Mr Stokes said. “It is exciting to see what is in store for this important regional city of Western Sydney.”

As the LEP was signed off, Blacktown Council was also assessing a plan for a 24-storey apartment and office building in Blacktown that would be the largest building in Sydney west of Parramatta.

Published 25th May, 2015 in Economy