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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

West Ryde revitalisation plan put to public

The City of Ryde Council is set to release its draft masterplan to the community, seeking feedback on two potential options for the rejuvenation of West Ryde Town Centre.

City of Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale said the draft options had been developed with consideration given to previous community feedback, infrastructure needs and the need to minimise congestion.

He said the masterplan would transform West Ryde Town Centre.

“For years people have told us that West Ryde Town Centre needs some love. Our community want new buildings, activated laneways, bars and restaurants. It is clear that the current planning controls are unable to deliver that,” Mayor Laxale said.

“The masterplan, if endorsed by the community, will rejuvenate the Town Centre by overhauling planning controls that will activate key areas, improve pedestrian access and take advantage of its optimal transport links.”

He said both draft options provided roadmaps on how to revitalise West Ryde Town Centre, while ensuring appropriate limits to development were set.

“Crucially we will achieve this without the introduction of overdevelopment that would destroy the town centre’s amenity and increase congestion in the area. West Ryde is simply not suited to the Rhodes- style development that other interests have pushed to date,” the Mayor said.

“I am glad Council supported my resolution which rules out overdevelopment in West Ryde.”

Community consultation on the draft masterplan is due to commence later this month.

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