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Sydenham Station Creative Hub Planning Proposal

Council’s vision for the Sydenham Creative Hub is a vibrant entertainment and employment precinct where live music venues, small bars, restaurants and cafés thrive alongside traditional and creative industries.


Proposed changes to the current planning controls for the precinct aim to further the vision. The draft planning proposal on public exhibition outlines these amendments.


Where is the Sydenham Station Creative Hub?

The planning proposal covers an area of 20 hectares and is bounded by Fitzroy Street, Saywell Street, Garden Street, Railway Parade, Marrickville Road and Sydney Street.

Council’s vision for the Sydenham Creative Hub is a vibrant entertainment and employment precinct where live music venues, small bars, restaurants and cafés thrive alongside traditional and creative industries.


Proposed changes to the current planning controls for the precinct aim to further the vision. The draft planning proposal on public exhibition outlines these amendments.


Where is the Sydenham Station Creative Hub?

The planning proposal covers an area of 20 hectares and is bounded by Fitzroy Street, Saywell Street, Garden Street, Railway Parade, Marrickville Road and Sydney Street. See the map.


Key feature of the planning proposal on public exhibition

  • retaining the existing IN1 General Industrial zone whilst expanding the range of permissible uses to include restaurants or cafes, small bars and business premises and office premises, but only where the consent authority is satisfied that the business premises and/or office premises will be used for a creative purpose such as media, advertising, fine arts and craft, design, film and television,music, publishing, performing arts, cultural heritage institutions or other related purposes.
by amending the Marrickville Local Environmental Plan (MLEP) and Marrickville Development Control Plan (MDCP) 2011.



View the information

Download the planning proposal and attachments here

Read FAQs on this project here

Hard copy information is also available at

  • Petersham Service Centre, 2-14 Fisher Street, Petersham
  • Marrickville Library, Cnr Marrickville Rd and Petersham Rd, Marrickville



What happens next?

After the exhibition closed, your feedback was compiled into a community engagement report. Download the report here. The CE report will be considered by Council as part of a larger report prepared by council officers. Council will determine whether or not to progress the planning proposal to the final stages of the process which leads to amending the Marrickville LEP 2011. You will be advised in writing of the Council meeting if you make a submission.

  • Notice of Motion to Rescind previous decision on the proposal voted down at 13 February Council meeting

    4 months ago

    At its meeting on 13 February 2018, Council discussed a Notice of Motion to Rescind the previous resolution on this proposal from 12 December 2017. Read the council agenda Item 9 C0218 Notice of Motion to Rescind: Item 4 Post Exhibition Report - Sydenham Station Creative Hub Planning Proposal

    The Notice of Motion to Rescind was lost. Read the meeting minutes on page 8.

    Therefore, the resolution for Item 4 C1117 Post Exhibition Report - Sydenham Station Creative Hub Planning Proposal resolved by Council on 12 December 2017 is the current position of Council regarding the proposal. See the previous news item for details of that resolution or the meeting minutes on page 16.

    At its meeting on 13 February 2018, Council discussed a Notice of Motion to Rescind the previous resolution on this proposal from 12 December 2017. Read the council agenda Item 9 C0218 Notice of Motion to Rescind: Item 4 Post Exhibition Report - Sydenham Station Creative Hub Planning Proposal

    The Notice of Motion to Rescind was lost. Read the meeting minutes on page 8.

    Therefore, the resolution for Item 4 C1117 Post Exhibition Report - Sydenham Station Creative Hub Planning Proposal resolved by Council on 12 December 2017 is the current position of Council regarding the proposal. See the previous news item for details of that resolution or the meeting minutes on page 16.

  • Council resolved to amend the planning proposal and put it on public exhibition for community comment again

    6 months ago
    At its meeting on 12 December Council considered the report and resolved to amend the planning proposal as follows -

    i. Confine the land to which the planning proposal relates to the properties fronting Marrickville Road, Marrickville between Railway Parade and Sydney Street and the 2 properties fronting Railway Parade between Marrickville Road and Buckley Lane (being the properties 21-71 Marrickville Road and 101-103 Railway Parade, Marrickville respectively); and

    ii. Limit the additional permitted uses on such land to “cafes, restaurants
    and small bars”.

    2. The Department of Planning and Environment be advised accordingly and Council request a 6 month...

    At its meeting on 12 December Council considered the report and resolved to amend the planning proposal as follows -

    i. Confine the land to which the planning proposal relates to the properties fronting Marrickville Road, Marrickville between Railway Parade and Sydney Street and the 2 properties fronting Railway Parade between Marrickville Road and Buckley Lane (being the properties 21-71 Marrickville Road and 101-103 Railway Parade, Marrickville respectively); and

    ii. Limit the additional permitted uses on such land to “cafes, restaurants
    and small bars”.

    2. The Department of Planning and Environment be advised accordingly and Council request a 6 month extension of time to finalise the LEP; and

    3. The amended planning proposal be publically exhibited and a further report be prepared for Council’s consideration following the conclusion of the community consultation.

    Read the meeting minutes on page 16.

  • Planning proposal discussion postponed until next meeting

    7 months ago

    At its meeting on 21 November 2017 Council postponed its discussion of this matter until its next meeting on 12 December 2017.

    At its meeting on 21 November 2017 Council postponed its discussion of this matter until its next meeting on 12 December 2017.

  • Council to consider the Planning Proposal on Tuesday 21 November

    7 months ago
  • Public exhibition engagement report published

    10 months ago

    The outcome of the public exhibition, which ran from mid June to mid July 2017, are published in the report document here. Council will take into account the submissions detailed in the report when making a decision on the planning proposal. Everyone who contributed will be contacted with the Council meeting date.

    The outcome of the public exhibition, which ran from mid June to mid July 2017, are published in the report document here. Council will take into account the submissions detailed in the report when making a decision on the planning proposal. Everyone who contributed will be contacted with the Council meeting date.

  • Council's Planning Proposal to support the Creative Hub is passed by DP&E at Gateway.

    over 1 year ago

    Preparation of planning proposal - end of 2016
    Council officers prepared the planning proposal outlined in Council's decision on 25/10/16 and sent it to the Department of Planning and Environment for Gateway Determination.

    Planning proposal details
    The proposal keeps the current IN1 General Industrial zone with a change to allow development of restaurants or cafes, small bars and business premises and office premises

    'but only where the consent authority is satisfied that the business premises and/or office premises will be used for a creative purpose such as media, advertising, fine arts and craft, design film and television, music, publishing, performing arts, cultural heritage institutions or other related purposes'.

    Approval at Gateway by DP& E - 12/1/17
    The proposal was approved at Gateway to move to the next stage of the process - public exhibition. This approval is subject to a number of conditions being filled including a newly commissioned economic impact statement.

    Read the planning proposal documents
    The planning proposal, Gateway Determination conditions and other documents are on the DP&E Local Plan Making Tracking System site here


    Next steps
    Council officers are now addressing the planning proposal approval conditions, once this material is complete, the planning proposal will go on public exhibition for community comment. This is likely to be mid 2017.

    Preparation of planning proposal - end of 2016
    Council officers prepared the planning proposal outlined in Council's decision on 25/10/16 and sent it to the Department of Planning and Environment for Gateway Determination.

    Planning proposal details
    The proposal keeps the current IN1 General Industrial zone with a change to allow development of restaurants or cafes, small bars and business premises and office premises

    'but only where the consent authority is satisfied that the business premises and/or office premises will be used for a creative purpose such as media, advertising, fine arts and craft, design film and television, music, publishing, performing arts, cultural heritage institutions or other related purposes'.

    Approval at Gateway by DP& E - 12/1/17
    The proposal was approved at Gateway to move to the next stage of the process - public exhibition. This approval is subject to a number of conditions being filled including a newly commissioned economic impact statement.

    Read the planning proposal documents
    The planning proposal, Gateway Determination conditions and other documents are on the DP&E Local Plan Making Tracking System site here


    Next steps
    Council officers are now addressing the planning proposal approval conditions, once this material is complete, the planning proposal will go on public exhibition for community comment. This is likely to be mid 2017.

  • The Sydenham Station Creative Hub is a step closer after Council decides to add food, drink and live music venues to the mix

    over 1 year ago

    Inner West Council's vision for the area is to protect traditional industries, while expanding creative industries and entertainment choices.

    At its meeting on 25 October 2016, Council resolved to prepare a planning proposal and submit this to the Department of Planning and Environment for Gateway determination. This proposal would allow small bars, restaurants, cafes and creative uses as specified in Clause 6.12 of MELP 2011 to be permitted within the existing IN1 General Industrial zone.

    Should Gateway approval be granted, Council will prepare and place on public exhibition the planning proposal and an economic study, as well as a strategy...

    Inner West Council's vision for the area is to protect traditional industries, while expanding creative industries and entertainment choices.

    At its meeting on 25 October 2016, Council resolved to prepare a planning proposal and submit this to the Department of Planning and Environment for Gateway determination. This proposal would allow small bars, restaurants, cafes and creative uses as specified in Clause 6.12 of MELP 2011 to be permitted within the existing IN1 General Industrial zone.

    Should Gateway approval be granted, Council will prepare and place on public exhibition the planning proposal and an economic study, as well as a strategy for a Development Control Plan (DCP) which would include a creative industries policy, licensed premises controls and plans for public domain improvements.

    Read the minutes of the meeting here for more details
  • Council will discuss this project at its meeting on Tuesday 25 October 2016

    over 1 year ago

    Read the business paper here. This document includes a report on the outcomes of the enagagment process and recommendations on the next steps. The community is welcome to attend the meeting and can apply to speak here.

    Read the business paper here. This document includes a report on the outcomes of the enagagment process and recommendations on the next steps. The community is welcome to attend the meeting and can apply to speak here.