Hurlstone Agriculture High School

Landcom appears to be stepping up to its ambitious environmental targets with its new “sustainable community” at Glenfield, 36 kilometres south-west of the Sydney CBD.

On Wednesday, the NSW government land and property developer announced its plans to turn surplus government land around the Hurlstone Agricultural High School into a new community with around 3500 new homes.

It’s still early days, with the masterplan rezoning process expected in early 2021, but according to Landcom chief executive officer John Brogden the community will be carbon-neutral, water positive and zero waste. A green canopy will also help combat the urban heat island effect.

“This approach aims to provide an ongoing reduction in cost of living expenses for households,” he said.

The announcement follows Landcom’s commitment to carbon neutral, water positive, zero waste and net positive biodiversity outcomes by 2028, as the organisation’s director of sustainability & learning Lauren Kajewski told the audience at The Fifth Estate’s Tomorrowland19 event in Sydney.

Residents of the new Glenfield community, which will take 20 years to complete, will also have access to public transport Glenfield Railway Station. There are also plans to build a new commercial centre, primary school, sporting fields, parks, cycleways, community facilities and health care services.

Around 5 to 10 per cent of new homes will be affordable rental housing for key workers such nurses’ aides, childcare and retail workers.

To meet the “growing need to greater housing diversity”, there will be a variety of housing types including detached houses, terraces, small lot dwellings, apartments and seniors housing.

“Landcom is thrilled to deliver a thriving new sustainable community within the Glenfield Precinct, with around 3,00 new homes and a large tract of high-quality, public open space that retains Glenfield’s rich history as a significant agricultural education precinct,” Mr Brogden said.

Work is expected to start on the community commence by early 2022, pending council approvals.