Hospital Precinct Structure Plan (Frenchs Forest)

Planning the area around the hospital

In response to the NSW Government investing significant public infrastructure in Frenchs Forest, Warringah Council applied for funding from the NSW Government to ensure that appropriate consideration was given to the long term planning of the area.

Northern Beaches Council, on behalf of NSW Planning & Environment, is preparing a Precinct Structure Plan for the area around the new Northern Beaches Hospital, to guide future development.

Planning the area around the hospital

In response to the NSW Government investing significant public infrastructure in Frenchs Forest, Warringah Council applied for funding from the NSW Government to ensure that appropriate consideration was given to the long term planning of the area.

Northern Beaches Council, on behalf of NSW Planning & Environment, is preparing a Precinct Structure Plan for the area around the new Northern Beaches Hospital, to guide future development.

  • Next Steps

    about 2 months ago

    After an extensive 3 month public exhibition period the Northern Beaches Hospital Structure Plan came to a close on Tuesday 28th February 2017. Council’s engagement activities were extremely well attended throughout the exhibition period. Over 1,000 people attended nine Community Drop In Sessions. These provided opportunities for the community and stakeholders to discuss the draft Structure Plan.

    The public exhibition resulted in Council receiving over 1000 submissions. Council appreciates the effort and time everyone has taken to provide comment.

    The Project Team will now review all of the submissions and consider the extensive feedback during the evaluation phase of the draft structure plan. It is expected a report will be presented to Council in mid-2017.

    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the Hospital Structure Plan Team on 9942 2111 or by email at hospitalplan@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au


    After an extensive 3 month public exhibition period the Northern Beaches Hospital Structure Plan came to a close on Tuesday 28th February 2017. Council’s engagement activities were extremely well attended throughout the exhibition period. Over 1,000 people attended nine Community Drop In Sessions. These provided opportunities for the community and stakeholders to discuss the draft Structure Plan.

    The public exhibition resulted in Council receiving over 1000 submissions. Council appreciates the effort and time everyone has taken to provide comment.

    The Project Team will now review all of the submissions and consider the extensive feedback during the evaluation phase of the draft structure plan. It is expected a report will be presented to Council in mid-2017.

    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the Hospital Structure Plan Team on 9942 2111 or by email at hospitalplan@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au


  • Additional Community Information Sessions

    4 months ago

    You are invited to attend a community information session to seek further information or ask questions about the Draft Hospital Structure Plan.

    Come along to the Forestville Library, 6 Darley St, Forestville on the following days:

    • Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 2 - 4pm
    • Saturday, 21 January 2017, 10am - 12 noon
    • Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 2 - 4pm
    • Saturday, 18 February 2017, 2.30 - 4.30pm
    • Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 12 noon - 4pm

    You are invited to attend a community information session to seek further information or ask questions about the Draft Hospital Structure Plan.

    Come along to the Forestville Library, 6 Darley St, Forestville on the following days:

    • Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 2 - 4pm
    • Saturday, 21 January 2017, 10am - 12 noon
    • Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 2 - 4pm
    • Saturday, 18 February 2017, 2.30 - 4.30pm
    • Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 12 noon - 4pm
  • Community Information Sessions

    5 months ago

    Come along to one of the following information sessions to ask questions and provide feedback to the Hospital Structure Plan Team.

    • Monday 12 December 2016, 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm at the Civic Centre in Dee Why or
    • Saturday 17 December 2016, 10am-12pm, Frenchs Forest Anglican Church, 67 Bantry Bay Road.

    As Council has outlined previously, further engagement activities are proposed throughout January and February next year, following the Christmas and New Year holiday period. All dates and venues will be confirmed before the end of the year.

    Community input is an important part of the planning process. We invite you to read the draft plan, attend a community information session and comment on the proposal.

    Make a submission

    If you have any questions contact the Hospital Structure Plan Team on 9942 2111 or by email at hospitalplan@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

    Come along to one of the following information sessions to ask questions and provide feedback to the Hospital Structure Plan Team.

    • Monday 12 December 2016, 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm at the Civic Centre in Dee Why or
    • Saturday 17 December 2016, 10am-12pm, Frenchs Forest Anglican Church, 67 Bantry Bay Road.

    As Council has outlined previously, further engagement activities are proposed throughout January and February next year, following the Christmas and New Year holiday period. All dates and venues will be confirmed before the end of the year.

    Community input is an important part of the planning process. We invite you to read the draft plan, attend a community information session and comment on the proposal.

    Make a submission

    If you have any questions contact the Hospital Structure Plan Team on 9942 2111 or by email at hospitalplan@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

  • Make a Submission

    5 months ago

    Community input is an important part of the planning process. We invite you to read the draft plan, attend a community information session and comment on the proposal.

    If you have any questions about the exhibition or the draft plan, please attend our next community information session, or contact the Hospital Structure Plan Team on 9942 2111 or by email at hospitalplan@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

    View the following documents:


    How can I comment on the draft plan?

    Submissions close 28 February 2017.

    For further information, contact Hospital Structure Plan Team, 9942 2111.

    Community input is an important part of the planning process. We invite you to read the draft plan, attend a community information session and comment on the proposal.

    If you have any questions about the exhibition or the draft plan, please attend our next community information session, or contact the Hospital Structure Plan Team on 9942 2111 or by email at hospitalplan@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

    View the following documents:


    How can I comment on the draft plan?

    Submissions close 28 February 2017.

    For further information, contact Hospital Structure Plan Team, 9942 2111.

  • Council Endorses Public Exhibition

    5 months ago

    On Wednesday 30 November 2016 Council held an Extraordinary Meeting seeking Council’s endorsement to publicly exhibit the Draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

    View Council Meeting Presentation

    At the Extraordinary Council Meeting, the Administrator resolved to:

    A. Endorse the Draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan for the purposes of public exhibition;

    B. Commence immediate exhibition of the Draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan to conclude on 28 February 2017;

    C. Hold a Community Information/Drop-In Meeting within the next 14 days; and

    D. Engage with the Community and Stakeholders as per the Engagement Strategy

    At the meeting an amendment was made to include an additional recommendation:

    E. wording to be provided when minutes are finalised

    The resolution allows for the public exhibition of the Draft Structure Plan to commence immediately and run through until the end of February 2017.

    The first community information session will be held in December 2016. This will be an opportunity for the community to ask questions and provide feedback to the Hospital Structure Plan Team. The details of this meeting will be confirmed shortly via this page and email update.

    Further engagement activities are proposed throughout January and February next year, following the Christmas and New Year holiday period. All dates and venues will be confirmed soon.

    On Wednesday 30 November 2016 Council held an Extraordinary Meeting seeking Council’s endorsement to publicly exhibit the Draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

    View Council Meeting Presentation

    At the Extraordinary Council Meeting, the Administrator resolved to:

    A. Endorse the Draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan for the purposes of public exhibition;

    B. Commence immediate exhibition of the Draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan to conclude on 28 February 2017;

    C. Hold a Community Information/Drop-In Meeting within the next 14 days; and

    D. Engage with the Community and Stakeholders as per the Engagement Strategy

    At the meeting an amendment was made to include an additional recommendation:

    E. wording to be provided when minutes are finalised

    The resolution allows for the public exhibition of the Draft Structure Plan to commence immediately and run through until the end of February 2017.

    The first community information session will be held in December 2016. This will be an opportunity for the community to ask questions and provide feedback to the Hospital Structure Plan Team. The details of this meeting will be confirmed shortly via this page and email update.

    Further engagement activities are proposed throughout January and February next year, following the Christmas and New Year holiday period. All dates and venues will be confirmed soon.

  • Council Meeting Notification - Draft Hospital Structure Plan

    5 months ago

    We are pleased to announce that a report will be put to Council on 30 November 2016 seeking to publicly exhibit the Draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

    Details of the Council meeting are:

    • Date: 30 November 2016
    • Venue: Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road Dee Why
    • Time 7.00pm

    Further details of the Council meeting will be made available on the Council Meeting Agenda and Report page by close of business Friday 25 November 2016.

    Thank you for your patience throughout the preparation of this important planning document for the Northern Beaches community.

    We are pleased to announce that a report will be put to Council on 30 November 2016 seeking to publicly exhibit the Draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

    Details of the Council meeting are:

    • Date: 30 November 2016
    • Venue: Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road Dee Why
    • Time 7.00pm

    Further details of the Council meeting will be made available on the Council Meeting Agenda and Report page by close of business Friday 25 November 2016.

    Thank you for your patience throughout the preparation of this important planning document for the Northern Beaches community.

  • Hospital Structure Plan Update - Message from the Administrator

    7 months ago

    Council has been working with residents and other key stakeholders to finalise the Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan. This update is to ensure everyone is informed with the latest information available.

    Throughout the precinct planning process and review of existing land uses the community has maintained that a new strategic centre in Frenchs Forest needs to be supported by a vibrant urban core. This includes new and/or enhanced educational facilities and an appropriate level of community infrastructure to support any future population growth.

    The planning for the area also involves consultation and approval from a number of State Government departments. Ultimately, Council cannot finalise the draft structure plan without their agreement.

    Whilst Council has been working continuously with these Departments, we have been unsuccessful in reaching agreement about the best way forward. This is a complex matter and any increase in the density of the precinct has major financial implications for a number of the agencies involved. Without this Council has no choice but to defer the finalisation of the Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan and also defer the report that was scheduled to be presented at Council’s next meeting on 27 September.

    The State Government Departments have been supportive of Council’s work to date and in particular the review of existing land uses.

    It is imperative that both the existing and future population of Frenchs Forest have access to suitable high quality facilities and services.

    Council understands this delay impacts upon many local residents and the wider community and we acknowledge these delays are frustrating. However, in good conscience Council cannot put forward a Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan that does not provide for an appropriate level of infrastructure for our community and its future.

    Residents can be assured that this matter continues to receive the highest priority and we will continue to work to ensure the most appropriate outcome is achieved.

    We will continue to update this project page as more information becomes available.

    Dick Persson AM, Administrator

    Council has been working with residents and other key stakeholders to finalise the Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan. This update is to ensure everyone is informed with the latest information available.

    Throughout the precinct planning process and review of existing land uses the community has maintained that a new strategic centre in Frenchs Forest needs to be supported by a vibrant urban core. This includes new and/or enhanced educational facilities and an appropriate level of community infrastructure to support any future population growth.

    The planning for the area also involves consultation and approval from a number of State Government departments. Ultimately, Council cannot finalise the draft structure plan without their agreement.

    Whilst Council has been working continuously with these Departments, we have been unsuccessful in reaching agreement about the best way forward. This is a complex matter and any increase in the density of the precinct has major financial implications for a number of the agencies involved. Without this Council has no choice but to defer the finalisation of the Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan and also defer the report that was scheduled to be presented at Council’s next meeting on 27 September.

    The State Government Departments have been supportive of Council’s work to date and in particular the review of existing land uses.

    It is imperative that both the existing and future population of Frenchs Forest have access to suitable high quality facilities and services.

    Council understands this delay impacts upon many local residents and the wider community and we acknowledge these delays are frustrating. However, in good conscience Council cannot put forward a Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan that does not provide for an appropriate level of infrastructure for our community and its future.

    Residents can be assured that this matter continues to receive the highest priority and we will continue to work to ensure the most appropriate outcome is achieved.

    We will continue to update this project page as more information becomes available.

    Dick Persson AM, Administrator

  • Delay in presentation of draft Structure Plan to Council

    10 months ago

    The Structure Plan preparation has been progressing as outlined on this page. However, more recently there have been a number of external delays which are unfortunately beyond the control of Council.

    It has become apparent that, due to the complexity of the plan, more time is needed by Council and the five relevant government agencies to consider the draft Structure Plan before it can be reported to Council and placed on public exhibition.

    Council understands that the timeframes given previously have now passed and would like to assure local residents and the broader community that we are continuing to work towards a resolution to allow the project to be reported to Council in September 2016.

    It is imperative that a new Strategic Centre in this location is supported by an appropriate level of infrastructure. A vibrant new town centre at Frenchs Forest needs to be supported by other community needs, such as new and/or enhanced community facilities, educational establishments, open space, and transport infrastructure. Council is actively working towards the finalisation of the Hospital Structure Plan and will update the project page as more information becomes available.

    The Structure Plan preparation has been progressing as outlined on this page. However, more recently there have been a number of external delays which are unfortunately beyond the control of Council.

    It has become apparent that, due to the complexity of the plan, more time is needed by Council and the five relevant government agencies to consider the draft Structure Plan before it can be reported to Council and placed on public exhibition.

    Council understands that the timeframes given previously have now passed and would like to assure local residents and the broader community that we are continuing to work towards a resolution to allow the project to be reported to Council in September 2016.

    It is imperative that a new Strategic Centre in this location is supported by an appropriate level of infrastructure. A vibrant new town centre at Frenchs Forest needs to be supported by other community needs, such as new and/or enhanced community facilities, educational establishments, open space, and transport infrastructure. Council is actively working towards the finalisation of the Hospital Structure Plan and will update the project page as more information becomes available.

  • Hospital Structure Plan Update April 2016

    about 1 year ago

    There has been a number of recent enquiries regarding the amalgamation of sites and the formation of landowner ‘groups or consortiums’ to influence the decision making of Council, with the possibility of achieving greater density and heights on certain sites.

    Council stresses that the structure planning process is governed by planning principles and the capacity of the road network. These issues will determine any proposed increase in height or density, not the formation of landowner groups and consortiums.

    Council’s Hospital Structure Plan is being finalised following the completion of the detailed Stage 1 Transport Study. It is expected that a report will be presented to Council in May/June 2016.

    There has been a number of recent enquiries regarding the amalgamation of sites and the formation of landowner ‘groups or consortiums’ to influence the decision making of Council, with the possibility of achieving greater density and heights on certain sites.

    Council stresses that the structure planning process is governed by planning principles and the capacity of the road network. These issues will determine any proposed increase in height or density, not the formation of landowner groups and consortiums.

    Council’s Hospital Structure Plan is being finalised following the completion of the detailed Stage 1 Transport Study. It is expected that a report will be presented to Council in May/June 2016.

  • Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan to be Ready in Six to Eight Weeks.

    about 1 year ago

    NSW Government transport agencies have approved the detailed Stage 1 Transport Study for the hospital precinct. The study analysed the full transport impacts of the Frenchs Forest Strategic Centre.

    Council is now able to recommence the preparation of the Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

    It is anticipated that the draft Hospital Structure Plan will be presented to Council in 6-8 weeks. The draft Structure Plan will then be placed on Public Exhibition for community feedback.

    The Plan will recommend the most appropriate land uses for the area around the hospital but it is not a rezoning document and we ask people to be wary of jumping to conclusions about any rezonings.

    NSW Government transport agencies have approved the detailed Stage 1 Transport Study for the hospital precinct. The study analysed the full transport impacts of the Frenchs Forest Strategic Centre.

    Council is now able to recommence the preparation of the Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

    It is anticipated that the draft Hospital Structure Plan will be presented to Council in 6-8 weeks. The draft Structure Plan will then be placed on Public Exhibition for community feedback.

    The Plan will recommend the most appropriate land uses for the area around the hospital but it is not a rezoning document and we ask people to be wary of jumping to conclusions about any rezonings.