Hospital Precinct Structure Plan (Frenchs Forest)

Consultation has concluded

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.

Consultation has concluded
  • Delay in presentation of draft Structure Plan to Council

    over 1 year 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

    over 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.

    over 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.

  • Hospital Structure Plan Update Dec 2015

    almost 2 years ago

    Following the last meeting of the year with Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) and other NSW Government Departments, they have requested further detailed evaluation of scenarios. This is disappointing and not what we had hoped to provide at this time, however we hope to be able to report back early in the New Year with more detail.

    In light of recent announcements from the NSW Government, concerning council mergers and proposed boundary changes, we are also looking at the implications this may have on planning for the area around the hospital.

    We will keep you updated as the project progresses in the New Year.

    Following the last meeting of the year with Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) and other NSW Government Departments, they have requested further detailed evaluation of scenarios. This is disappointing and not what we had hoped to provide at this time, however we hope to be able to report back early in the New Year with more detail.

    In light of recent announcements from the NSW Government, concerning council mergers and proposed boundary changes, we are also looking at the implications this may have on planning for the area around the hospital.

    We will keep you updated as the project progresses in the New Year.

  • Proposed Works to Warringah Road - RMS Information Sessions

    over 2 years ago

    The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) are holding Information Sessions on the Stage 2 Road Connectivity and Network Enhancement Project.

    These are being held:

    • Saturday 25 July, midday to 2pm at Forestville Memorial Hall, Corner of Starkey Street and Warringah Road, Forestville
    • Tuesday 28 July, 5pm to 7pm at Galstaun Function Centre, 5 Grattan Crescent, Frenchs Forest
    • Saturday 1 August, midday to 2pm at Forestville Memorial Hall, Corner of Starkey Street and Warringah Road, Forestville
    No formal presentations will be given, so drop in at any time during these sessions to ask questions and speak with members of the project team.

    The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) are holding Information Sessions on the Stage 2 Road Connectivity and Network Enhancement Project.

    These are being held:

    • Saturday 25 July, midday to 2pm at Forestville Memorial Hall, Corner of Starkey Street and Warringah Road, Forestville
    • Tuesday 28 July, 5pm to 7pm at Galstaun Function Centre, 5 Grattan Crescent, Frenchs Forest
    • Saturday 1 August, midday to 2pm at Forestville Memorial Hall, Corner of Starkey Street and Warringah Road, Forestville
    No formal presentations will be given, so drop in at any time during these sessions to ask questions and speak with members of the project team.
  • Detailed Transport Assessment

    over 2 years ago

    We are continuing to work to ensure that the precinct around the hospital will be serviced by adequate transport for the next 20 years.

    Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Council have agreed to carry out and fund a more detailed transport assessment, including network modelling. This is needed to plan where extra dwellings and businesses should be located.

    Consultants have been engaged and the work should be complete by the end of the year.

    The Draft Precinct Structure Plan is planned to go on public exhibition in early 2016. The Draft Structure Plan is not a zoning document. Changes to zonings will be made through a separate process or by the State Government.

    We are continuing to work to ensure that the precinct around the hospital will be serviced by adequate transport for the next 20 years.

    Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Council have agreed to carry out and fund a more detailed transport assessment, including network modelling. This is needed to plan where extra dwellings and businesses should be located.

    Consultants have been engaged and the work should be complete by the end of the year.

    The Draft Precinct Structure Plan is planned to go on public exhibition in early 2016. The Draft Structure Plan is not a zoning document. Changes to zonings will be made through a separate process or by the State Government.

  • Public Exhibition on hold

    over 2 years ago

    The public exhibition of the Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan is on hold as Council continues to work with the State Government to address long term transport and road infrastructure.

    We are continuing to work with the relevant State Agencies and seek funding commitment to the delivery of appropriate transport to support the precinct over the next 20 years. We are committed to ensuring the best outcome for the area around the hospital and the Northern Beaches.

    More traffic and transport modelling is required to ensure future transport infrastructure upgrades are available when needed. We are proposing to undertake further modelling of future traffic movement options beyond those currently proposed by the State Government.

    This will delay the preparation of the Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan. At this stage we are unable to commit to a timeline for the Draft Plan as the level of growth in the precinct is closely linked to decisions regarding traffic and transport. It is unlikely that the plan will be exhibited until the second half of 2015.

    When the Draft Plan is ready we will publish the exhibition dates in letters to residents, notices in the Manly Daily and on our website.

    Please register your interest to receive email updates.

    If you have any further queries please contact Strategic Planning on 9942 2675.


    The public exhibition of the Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan is on hold as Council continues to work with the State Government to address long term transport and road infrastructure.

    We are continuing to work with the relevant State Agencies and seek funding commitment to the delivery of appropriate transport to support the precinct over the next 20 years. We are committed to ensuring the best outcome for the area around the hospital and the Northern Beaches.

    More traffic and transport modelling is required to ensure future transport infrastructure upgrades are available when needed. We are proposing to undertake further modelling of future traffic movement options beyond those currently proposed by the State Government.

    This will delay the preparation of the Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan. At this stage we are unable to commit to a timeline for the Draft Plan as the level of growth in the precinct is closely linked to decisions regarding traffic and transport. It is unlikely that the plan will be exhibited until the second half of 2015.

    When the Draft Plan is ready we will publish the exhibition dates in letters to residents, notices in the Manly Daily and on our website.

    Please register your interest to receive email updates.

    If you have any further queries please contact Strategic Planning on 9942 2675.


  • Exhibition planned for April / May 2015

    almost 3 years ago

    The project team are working with the information and outcomes from earlier engagement to prepare the Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan (Draft Plan). Many participants supported some level of growth in jobs, housing and retail provided that public transport infrastructure is improved to support this growth.

    We are currently in discussion with the relevant state agencies to determine what level of public transport improvements will be needed for the 20 year planning period of the draft plan. It is critical that there is a commitment from the State Government to support this prior to finalising the Draft Plan.

    We had anticipated that the exhibition of the Draft Plan would be in early 2015. However given the ongoing discussions with state agencies and the timing of Easter, we are now planning for the exhibition in April / May 2015.

    For more information, please contact Strategic Planning on 9942 2675.

    The project team are working with the information and outcomes from earlier engagement to prepare the Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan (Draft Plan). Many participants supported some level of growth in jobs, housing and retail provided that public transport infrastructure is improved to support this growth.

    We are currently in discussion with the relevant state agencies to determine what level of public transport improvements will be needed for the 20 year planning period of the draft plan. It is critical that there is a commitment from the State Government to support this prior to finalising the Draft Plan.

    We had anticipated that the exhibition of the Draft Plan would be in early 2015. However given the ongoing discussions with state agencies and the timing of Easter, we are now planning for the exhibition in April / May 2015.

    For more information, please contact Strategic Planning on 9942 2675.

  • Stage 2 Workshop Presentation

    almost 3 years ago

    Thank you to all the participants who attended one of the three workshops in November. The workshops drew on community feedback from Stage 1, to inform the preparation of various development and transport scenarios for the future of the precinct.

    The workshops were very successful and generated a lot of interest from a diverse range of approximately 110 participants. Feedback from these workshops will provide targeted insight and knowledge into community and strategic issues for developing a desirable precinct.

    View the workshop presentation.

    Thank you to all the participants who attended one of the three workshops in November. The workshops drew on community feedback from Stage 1, to inform the preparation of various development and transport scenarios for the future of the precinct.

    The workshops were very successful and generated a lot of interest from a diverse range of approximately 110 participants. Feedback from these workshops will provide targeted insight and knowledge into community and strategic issues for developing a desirable precinct.

    View the workshop presentation.

  • Stage 2 Workshop Registrations Confirmed

    about 3 years ago

    The workshop registrations closed on 26 October. Thank you to everyone who registered their interest in attending a workshop to further discuss the Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

    Invites have now been sent to all participants and we look forward to Workshop 1, this Saturday.

    Note: the workshops are by invite only.

    The workshop registrations closed on 26 October. Thank you to everyone who registered their interest in attending a workshop to further discuss the Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

    Invites have now been sent to all participants and we look forward to Workshop 1, this Saturday.

    Note: the workshops are by invite only.