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Ashmore Precinct








Millennium Moderne


Reinforced concrete frame. Rendered blockwork cladding.


Multi-residential Apartment Building
Ashmore Precinct, Erskineville

Ashmore Precinct

In 1995 the Strategy for a Sustainable City of South Sydney, identified the Ashmore Precinct as a new growth area, with the potential to provide large redevelopment sites around railway stations as well as significant accessible open space. The Strategy identified the site, covering 17 hectares, as having the potential to become a new sustainable urban village directly connected to the adjacent community.

The Precinct was then rezoned in 1998 to Zone 10 – Mixed Uses. This allows, where appropriate, a mix of land uses such as residential, retail commercial, light industrial.

The Ashmore Precinct is located in Erskineville and is bounded by Ashmore Street, Mitchell Road, Coulson Street and the Bankstown rail line.


Historically the site has evolved as an unplanned area within the city. This is quite typical of development in the 1800’s in Sydney with housing built on the higher land, and warehouses concentrated along rail corridors and swampy areas where land reclamation occurred. The most significant former land use on the site was the ‘Metters’ factory that produced ovens and boilers until 1973.

The existing precinct, although predominantly used for light industrial purposes, has a mix of land uses including commercial, retail and residential. The precinct is characterised by large scale industrial buildings on large land holdings, and includes a number of owner-occupied strata industrial units.

Since 1998 there have been several development applications for residential development, and the area is now experiencing change. It is recognised that having numerous landowners will mean that complete redevelopment of the precinct will likely take a number of years. Some sites may also need to amalgamate to maximise development potential. It is also recognised that some established businesses may not wish to move.

However, a site of such scale requires a comprehensive ‘Structure Plan’ that identifies the location of new roads and open spaces to guide future development, and to address site constraints. To guide the future development of the Ashmore Precinct, the Council approved in August 2006 a specific Development Control Plan (DCP).
Key Features of the DCP

Key features are:

Land uses including residential, commercial and the potential for a retail precinct
Building design and form with a focus on achieving design excellence, and retaining the character of the area by providing a transition in the height, scale and type of building
Staging to ensure that all development sites, within the overall site, can develop independently without adverse impacts on neighbouring areas
Public domain, including a new park and new streets
Effective pedestrian, cycle and traffic linkages; and
Critical infrastructure elements to manage stormwater.

What will the Precinct look like?

Extensive urban design analysis was undertaken to develop appropriate controls for building heights, built form and density of development. Individual lots can be redeveloped independently, and will be designed so as not to overshadow adjacent properties or block city views from Sydney Park. The DCP also aims to provide a range of housing types such as terraces, apartments and live-work accommodation. The City also envisages that redevelopment can provide the opportunity to create some affordable housing.

The City Plan

A new City Plan has been prepared for the City of Sydney. The City Plan is a package of planning controls, including a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and DCP for the whole Local Government Area. Details on the City Plan are available here.

In preparing the City Plan, the Ashmore DCP has also been reviewed, as part of the Erskineville, Alexandria (West) and Newtown (South) Urban Design Study (the Study). The review work looked at rationalising some of the streets and examining the scope for increasing building heights and densities across the precinct. This is in line with the City’s obligation to fulfil the targets set by the Department of Planning in its Metropolitan Strategy as well as the targets set by the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 Vision to provide a range of residential housing stock including affordable housing. The Study is a document that provides a number of recommendations that have informed the preparation of the City Plan.

Council on Monday 23 February 2009 and the Central Sydney Planning Committee on Thursday 19 February 2009 considered the Study and resolved the following:

That the Study is noted
That the community is invited to comment on the Study; and
That those who attended the workshops are notified about the Study.

The Study was made available for public comment from 9 March until 6 April 2009. Fifty-seven submissions were received from local residents, landowners and government agencies. Council officers have considered these submissions, and have now finalised the recommendations of the Study. These recommendations have informed the new planning controls and are integrated into the City Plan. You are able to comment on the proposed planning controls whilst the City Plan is on public exhibition.
City Plan controls for the Ashmore Precinct

Note: The draft City Plan maps for the City of Sydney LGA have been split into 24 sheets.

Click on the links below to download sheets that apply to the Ashmore precinct.

These draft documents are now on public exhibition.