PHOTO: An artist’s impression of the student accommodation plan at The Block. CREDIT:DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING

Towers up to 24-storeys high – housing up to 600 students – are now being proposed for The Block in Redfern, with no guarantees that affordable housing promised for indigenous families will eventuate.

In an October report, the Department of Planning warned it had not received concrete evidence that affordable housing would proceed as part of the $70 million development.

The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC), which owns the site, and developer Deicorp have increased the lucrative student housing portion of the development, known as the Pemulwuy Project.