Council accepts funds to conduct Leppington town centre review

ALL ABOARD: Leppington train station on the South West Rail Link is proving to be popular among commuters
ALL ABOARD: Leppington train station on the South West Rail Link is proving to be popular among commuters

The future of Leppington town centre will soon be under review.

Camden Council has accepted $700,000 from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to aid in its review of the planning controls in Leppington town centre.

The funds were accepted at last week's council meeting.

Councillor Lara Symkowiak said the funding was much-needed.

"The Department of Planning has offered council $700,000 to assist in completing the review of the Leppington town centre," she said.

"That's the review of the planning controls for that area so that would include the technical reports to inform the project, consultant/contractor costs to review the draft planning proposal and also help prepare the place strategy consultation with our community, so this is very much needed.

"It'll be great to get on with this."

Leppington town centre was rezoned by the state government in 2013 and in 2017 it was identified as a 'priority precinct' because of its social, economic and environmental impacts on surrounding areas.

The new town centre is expected to support the growing community with new schools, shops and services, as well as public transport and improved road infrastructure.

Councillor Cindy Cagney said a review of the town centre would require close collaboration between Camden and Liverpool Councils.

"It's great that this is happening now and that our staff will be able to work with Liverpool Council staff as well," she said.

"It's a huge site and it's one that we are often asked about in passing... because originally we started on this process many years ago with the growth centres.

"Leppington town centre was talked about in the beginning of it all, so for us to work with Liverpool and look at the long-term planning will be good."