The redevelopment of The Block in the Sydney suburb of Redfern is one step closer after the state government granted planning approval.
22 Dec 2012 - 4:59 PM  UPDATED 27 Feb 2015 - 4:31 PM

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said on Saturday that the Department of Planning and Infrastructure had approved the Pemulwuy redevelopment project in the inner-city suburb.

Mr O'Farrell said Pemulwuy would include 62 affordable houses, a 42-unit student housing complex, a gym, a child-care centre and a community gallery, as well as open space.

He said there would also be shops and a 115-space underground car park.

"The approval of this project by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure will allow for the creation of a vibrant new housing, community and cultural precinct close to transport and the University of Sydney," Mr O'Farrell said in a statement.

"This part of Sydney has been crying out for renewal for many years and it is fantastic this long-running issue has now been resolved."