Ryde Town Centre (also referred to as Top Ryde) is located in the north-west region of Sydney, approximately 14 kilometres from Sydney CBD and 10 kilometres from Parramatta. The area is centred on the intersection of Devlin Street and Blaxland Road.
Ryde town centre is home to significant heritage buildings such as St Anne’s Church, Willandra, and Ryde Public School, as well as to Ryde Council offices and Civic Centre and residential and shopping areas.
The shopping centre commands a striking presence in the town centre. It occupies a 3.5 hectare site on the corner of Devlin Street and Blaxland Road and incorporates approximately290 retailers with 3,055 car spaces. It includes a piazza, public library and through site link to enhance access within the town centre.
Ryde Town Centre will be a vibrant, attractive and safe place to live, work, visit and invest, with a diversity of public spaces and opportunities for leisure, learning, shopping and business that reinforce the role of Ryde Town Centre as the civic and commercial hub of the City of Ryde. The centre will be enlivened by outdoor dining, civic events and festivals that are set within high quality public domain.
The Planning Controls for Ryde Town Centre acknowledge and build upon the distinctive character of 11 precincts and their functions as follows:
Precinct 1: Civic /Mixed Use
The Ryde Civic Precinct, the civic hub for the City of Ryde, is an island surrounded by roads and disconnected from the retail core and town centre by Devlin Street. Planning controls aim to enhance the relationship between the Civic/Mixed Use Precinct and the surrounding areas and the landmark qualities of the site.
Precinct 2: Town Core: - The shopping centre has been redeveloped as the first stage of the revitalisation of the Town Centre and is the catalyst for further improvement
Precinct 3: Main Street; - Council aims to enhance the role of Blaxland Road and Church Street as "main" streets through public domain enhancements and encouraging development that activates the streets and a vibrant atmosphere with outdoor dining, markets and the like particularly in Church Street.
Precinct 4: Residential: - The Precinct will continue to develop as a compact living environment, well serviced by public transport, retail, leisure and work opportunities within the Town Centre. The Built environment is to comprise quality residential buildings in garden settings with a high level of amenity.
Precinct 5: Heritage: - Items of cultural and heritage significance (including views and mature landscapes) are to be conserved, protected and enhanced to retain the precinct’s distinctive character and historic role in the development of Ryde.
Precincts 6, 7, and 8: Commercial Edge North, West and East respectively: - The precincts are to have appropriate development that responds to the heritage significance of adjoining heritage items such as Ryde Public School, St Anne’s and Ryde Park and to create a transition between the Town Centre and adjoining residential areas.
Precinct 9: Ryde Park: - will continue to be a park that supports recreation and community activities for visitors, workers and residents of the Ryde Town Centre and the communities of Ryde Local Government Area.
Precinct 10: Low Density Residential: - A low-density residential development with homes set in landscaped gardens and a high level of amenity with proximity to the park, shops, school and public
Precinct 11: Ryde School: Planning controls support the school as a centre of community life that contributes to a vibrant town centre.
Plans and Studies
Ryde Local Environmental Plan 2014 (NSW Legislation Website)
Creates a broad framework of controls for the future development of all land in Ryde.
Ryde DCP2014 Part 4.4 - Ryde Town Centre(PDF, 19MB)
Provide policies relating to the future development of Ryde Town Centre.
Ryde Town Centre Public Domain Plan
Guide the future planning and design of the Ryde Town Centre public domain
Ryde Park Plan of Management(PDF, 5MB)
Provides the framework for revitalisation and modernisation of the park.