"We will stand up for a sensible redevelopment, which delivers well-designed, affordable housing": Leichhardt mayor Darcy Byrne. "We will stand up for a sensible redevelopment, which delivers well-designed, affordable housing": Leichhardt mayor Darcy Byrne. Photo: Tamara Dean

A former hosiery factory in the inner west could be rezoned to support hundreds of apartments instead.
Leichhardt's Kolotex garment factory, closed by Pacific Brands in 2003, is part of 1.46 hectares of industrial land facing a proposed rezoning to permit mixed use and medium-density residential development of up to eight storeys.

Encompassing the 22 George Street property and neighbouring Labelcraft printing factory at 30-40 George Street, the land could hold 350 apartments in a new 31,000 sq m development, according to a planning proposal placed on public exhibition on Wednesday.

The Department of Planning and Infrastructure's deputy director general, Stephen McIntyre, said the site could deliver homes and jobs in an established area with little new housing stock.
''The site is also ideally located within a few hundred metres of multiple public transport options, including buses along Parramatta Road, the Lewisham railway station and the future Taverners Hill light rail station, scheduled to open in 2014,'' he said.

Ownership of 11 of the completed units would be transferred to an affordable housing provider for at least 10 years under the proposal.

Leichhardt mayor Darcy Byrne said council would adopt a position on the proposal later this month before sending a submission to the department.

''We will stand up for a sensible redevelopment, which delivers well-designed, affordable housing,'' he said.