St Leonards among Sydney suburbs considered “full”

November 5, 2017 by  

A Fairfax Media poll, conducted by ReachTel, found that 66.4% of Sydney residents are of the view that the city is already “full”.

These residents are against new developments in their areas, stating they want future developments to be moved towards the outer fringes of the city.

The poll received negative feedback from Urban Taskforce Australia, indicating that it did not address the fact that Sydney is merely transforming into an urban model rather than its original suburban roots.

Chris Johnson, CEO of Urban Taskforce Australia, stated:

“Sydney is not full but it is going through a major generational change as it evolves from a suburban model with large houses to a more urban model with smaller homes close to amenities.”

Former lord mayor Lucy Turnbull, also leader of The Greater Sydney Commission, said that Sydney will likely require around 725,000 additional houses over the following 20 years. This is partly due to the massive population growth. Sydney’s population is currently around 4 million, and is expected to add a further 1.74 million occupants by 2036.

Some tension has been brewing over the state government’s development plans to build thousands of new apartments across the city in 15 targeted precincts. Areas to benefit were quoted as:

“Belmore/Lakemba, Burwood/Strathfield/Homebush, Campsie/Canterbury, Cherrybrook, Frenchs Forest, Glenfield, Leppington Town Centre, Anzac Parade corridor, Riverwood, Schofields Town Centre, Seven Hills/Wentworthville, St Leonards/Crows Nest, Telopea, Turrella/Bardwell Park and Westmead.”

These development plans are said to make future homes more affordable for Sydneysiders.

Over the years, the property development industry has been constantly booming in Sydney, which is arguably the most expensive place for property in Australia. With all the effective advertising strategies including property brochure printing and distribution, online advertising, and efficient real estate agents, new properties in Sydney always seem to be in high demand. Although this may not be good news for all residents, this is an inevitable part of urban growth in a rapidly growing community.