Masterplan for west Schofields area open to public comment

Local residents are being urged to have their say on a blueprint that will guide the future of the west Schofields area.

The west Schofields masterplan proposes rezoning land to accommodate a new local centre with community facilities, shops and cafés, as well as a new primary school, 12 double playing fields, and homes over the next 20 years.

Masterplan: The west Schofields area covered by the masterplan.

Masterplan: The west Schofields area covered by the masterplan.

Environmental considerations contained within the plan include protection of Eastern Creek and Bells Creek, a potential environmental corridor through the area with possible connection to Western Sydney Parklands, and building and design controls to create a more resilient community.

“West Schofields” is a planning precinct, not a suburb name, and naming the area is currently the subject of an exhibition by the Geographical Names Board of NSW.

Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly said the masterplan would be on exhibition to Friday, September 28 for the community to review and provide feedback.

The plan has been prepared by the Department of Planning and Environment in collaboration with Blacktown City Council, and would guide the future of the precinct from the ground up, he said.

“Access to and from the area has been improved with the widening and upgrade Schofields Road and further improvements are planned to Garfield Road as well as a long term future proposal to connect Townson Road and Burdekin Road via a rail overpass and new bridge over Eastern Creek,” Mr Conolly said.

Two drop-in sessions will be held at the Riverstone Schofields Memorial Club at 23 Market Street, Riverstone, on Wednesday, September 12 from 4pm to 7pm, and Saturday, September 15 from 10am to 1pm.

Project team members would be available during those times to assist with any questions, but there will be no formal presentations, Mr Conolly said.

“I encourage everyone to have a look and, if interested, to make a submission,” he said. 

Submissions can be posted to GPO Box 39, Sydney NSW 2001 or submitted online at http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/westschofields.

For more information, visit http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/westschofields.