$200m indoor ski slope complex for Western Sydney is one step closer

The $200 million indoor snow resort development proposed for Penrith in Western Sydney is one step closer and you can have your say on the updated planning proposal.

The proposed Winter Sports World will offer a 300 metre advanced indoor ski slope, Olympic standard ice rink, ice climbing, rock climbing, altitude training, a hotel, restaurant and cafes. Developers believe it will cater for a wide market from corporate team building to school sports, tourists and an Olympic training style facility.

The hope is that the development will generate ongoing employment for hundreds in the region and bring tourism dollars to Western Sydney plus provide a world class training facility for elite athletes.

The site is zoned SP3 Tourist under Local Environment Plan (LEP) 2010 with the current proposed uses already permitted with consent from Penrith Council. A Planning Proposal has now been prepared to amend Penrith LEP 2010 and includes a public exhibition of the proposal on this link until November 6, where members of the general public can let Penrith Council know what the development means for them.

In addition to the Planning Proposal, you’ll find a draft site-specific DCP that has also been prepared for the subject site, which provides additional planning and design guidance for the envisaged future development. 

A draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) offer is also exhibited alongside the Planning Proposal. The draft VPA offer is to provide road improvements required as a result of increased traffic volumes from the proposed development. 

The development was first announced in 2018 with construction to be completed in 2020 and the project to be operational by 2021. However this has obviously been delayed in 2020.

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