The former Bonds spinning mills site in Pendle Hill is one step closer to being brought back to life.
A proposed rezoning of the site was approved by the NSW government this week to transform the old industrial site into a bright new residential, employment, and community precinct close to important transport links.
A proposal for 6000 square metres of floor space for over 200 new jobs, a 5500 square metre public park, and community facilities highlighting the site’s heritage aspects, can now proceed after the rezoning that allows for residential and commercial development.
The Dunmore Street site housed the first spinning mill in the southern hemisphere and was the birthplace of the Bonds clothing brand.
“For five years, the historic manufacturing site has stood empty, but this rezoning means it can now be brought back to life,” Department of Planning and Environment region executive director Steve Murray said.
“The old Bonds site is just 400m from Pendle Hill station, and 6km to Parramatta CBD and 1km to the Wentworthville town centre – it’s great news that we’re able to create a new community with jobs and homes close to vital services and public transport, that are also in keeping with the local area. This project would have a total of 2.5 hectares of new open space including a playground, children’s bike path and an informal sporting area, all with linking pedestrian pathways.
“The historic industrial buildings would be preserved and adapted as part of a community areas on the site.
“And the character of the surrounding neighbourhood would also be protected. Building heights would be limited to 39m or 12 storeys and limited to a few buildings in the centre of the site. From those buildings, heights would gradually step down to three storeys toward the site boundaries.”
A development application will now be submitted, placed on exhibition and assessed by the new Cumberland Council.