More than 3,000 new residences, a new primary school and a city plaza in Sydney’s North West have all been granted the go ahead by the NSW state government.

Planning and Public Spaces minister Rob Stokes asserts that approval for the development called the ‘Ivanhoe Estate’ will morph an 8.2-hectare site on the corner of Herring and Epping roads.

He says that this approval sets the stage for building to commence on the first two residential structures, which will include 740 new houses, with approximately one-third reserved for social housing.

Once finished, Ivanhoe Estate in Macquarie Park is set to feature:

  • 3,300 new residences, including 950 for social housing, 128 for cost-efficient housing, and 273 senior living homes;
  • 2.8 hectares of open spaces that will provide sites for new parks, a skatepark and a playground;
  • A new primary educational institution for 400 kids and two childcare facilities;
  • A town plaza complete with new shops, cafes and restaurants; and
  • A new street that connects Herring Road with Lyonpark Road, featuring a new bridge above Shrimptons Creek.

Building of the Ivanhoe Estate will commence in October.