Plan unveils vision for 'incredible' Bays West

OPPORTUNITIES: A rendering of the Bays West draft master plan, including the White Bay Power Station and public parklands. Picture: NSW Government
OPPORTUNITIES: A rendering of the Bays West draft master plan, including the White Bay Power Station and public parklands. Picture: NSW Government

THE stage one draft master plan for the Bays West project on the inner west foreshore is on exhibition until May 31, and residents are being urged to have their say.

The plan includes a Metro station, public parklands, a commercial precinct and up to 250 new dwellings, including affordable housing.

Building heights range from one to to 22 storeys, and ensure "key sight lines" to the White Bay Power Station are preserved, said the Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes.

"Bays West has all the ingredients to become an incredible place on our harbour and this draft plan unveils a vision for a new waterfront parkland and promenade, a world class Metro line and superb active transport connections," Mr Stokes said.

"This will be the first area to be developed and includes opportunities for commercial offices, housing, cafes and restaurants, community and cultural facilities."

A rendering of the Bays West draft master plan.

A rendering of the Bays West draft master plan.

More than one-third of the site would be public open space including 18,000 square metres of public parkland on the harbour foreshore. He said the White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal, Glebe Island Bridge and White Bay Power Station remained key elements in Bays West, and conservation works were under way at the power station to ready the site for adaptive re-use.

Other heritage elements that would be retained include rail lines, a historic sewer pump station and the 1930s harbour edge, while the power station and Robert Street warehouses would be "key anchors to the precinct's working harbour character," the master plan says.

"The Bays area is a unique location in inner Sydney, with modern and heritage industrial uses, fishing and ports industries, and parks and residential neighbourhoods, all co-existing on the banks of Sydney Harbour," Mr Stokes said."This project will balance the needs of the local community and industry, with housing and jobs."