Minister for Planning Pru Goward was today joined by Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres and UrbanGrowth NSW CEO David Pitchford to announce the sale of development sites adjacent to Penrith Station for a neighbourhood retail centre and approximately 450 apartments.
Minister Goward said the NSW Government is driving growth and investment in Western Sydney.
“Thornton is a good example of how the Government is working with the private sector to deliver high quality homes near jobs and transport for Western Sydney,” Ms Goward said.
“Thornton demonstrates smarter planning, with homes, jobs and new public spaces all in the one place.
“At Thornton, UrbanGrowth NSW is transforming 40 hectares of land immediately adjacent to Penrith Station and CBD that will become a thriving urban village with more than 1,000 dwellings, including medium-density housing, apartment buildings and commercial spaces,” said Ms Goward.
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said Thornton was a well-designed urban village which is introducing new housing choices and lifestyle opportunities to Penrith.
“Thornton is a community for everybody. The diverse housing choices truly meet the needs of the wider community and today’s announcement is a significant step towards establishing urban living in Penrith, and the community strongly supports this outcome.
“It also reflects the confidence of private industry to invest in Western Sydney, particularly as a result of the strong support from the NSW Government and Penrith Council,” said Mr Ayres.
UrbanGrowth NSW CEO David Pitchford said Thornton has showcased the demand for well-located housing choices.
“Thornton shows how compact, highly liveable housing responds to the changing structure of households and provides real choice for buyers,” said Mr Pitchford.
As part of UrbanGrowth NSW’s ‘21st Century Living’ program, Thornton features a diverse mix of new housing types with high levels of amenity.
“The innovation evident at Thornton could not have been achieved without significant collaboration with Penrith City Council and the building industry,” Mr Pitchford said.
UrbanGrowth NSW will shortly commence works on the final stages of Thornton, which will include the creation of a new ‘station plaza’ and road connection to the northern side of Penrith Station.