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Meriton Development Site (Site B) - Howard Avenue, Dee Why

Meriton is planning to construct a new development in Dee Why, including two residential towers, retail space, a town square and pedestrian link, on the site previously known as the ‘Brookfield Multiplex Site’ or ‘Site B’.


This development is based on amendments made to the planning controls in 2008. The establishment of the new town square was a condition of the 2008 voluntary planning agreement in conjunction with the decision to allow the increase in building tower height. The town square is to be publicly accessible and available for use by Council several times a year.

This page includes construction updates and details of the Planning Proposal, Voluntary Planning Agreement and Development Application.

Meriton is planning to construct a new development in Dee Why, including two residential towers, retail space, a town square and pedestrian link, on the site previously known as the ‘Brookfield Multiplex Site’ or ‘Site B’.


This development is based on amendments made to the planning controls in 2008. The establishment of the new town square was a condition of the 2008 voluntary planning agreement in conjunction with the decision to allow the increase in building tower height. The town square is to be publicly accessible and available for use by Council several times a year.

This page includes construction updates and details of the Planning Proposal, Voluntary Planning Agreement and Development Application.

  • Council resolves to not proceed with the Planning Proposal

    1 day ago

    At the 17 April 2018 Council meeting, Council resolved to reject the Planning Proposal lodged for 884-890 Pittwater Road, Dee Why (‘Site B’) and not submit it to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for a Gateway Determination for the following reasons:

    A. The Planning Proposal is inconsistent with the strategic planning direction for Dee Why as established by the recently finalised A Metropolis of Three Cities and North District Plan(March 2018).

    B. The Planning Proposal is inconsistent with a previous decision of Council and the Department of Planning rejecting a proposal to allow residential uses at first floor level on the site and a broader range of retail/ commercial uses on the ground floor level on grounds of inconsistency with Ministerial Direction 1.1 - Business and Industrial Zones.

    C. The Planning Proposal has not demonstrated strategic merit or site-specific merit consistent with the NSW Planning & Environment’s Planning Proposals: A guide to preparing planning proposals (2016).

    D. The Planning Proposal is inconsistent with the following Local Planning Directions:

    a. 1.1 Business and Industrial Zones

    b. 3.4 Integrating Land Use and Transport

    c. 5.10 Implementation of Regional Plans

    d. 6.3 Site Specific Provisions

    e. 7.1 Implementation of A Plan for Growing Sydney.

    E. The outcome of the Planning Proposal is not considered an appropriate strategic and development outcome because it does not satisfactorily address social and infrastructure impacts associated with the loss of employment floor space, and the potential introduction of up to 80 new residential dwellings within a Key Site of the Dee Why Town Centre.

    F. The Proposal will set a policy precedent by introducing residential development within the first floor level of a Key Site within the Dee Why Town Centre. Given the key economic role that the Dee Why-Brookvale Strategic Centre plays in the local government area and the larger North District, the Proposal has the capacity to undermine the existing and future strategic advantage for the provision of business and employment lands.

    G. The information and studies provided in conjunction with the Planning Proposal do not adequately address the impacts that the proposed changes would have on the surrounding area, particularly with regards to traffic, local infrastructure, and economic impacts.


    At the 17 April 2018 Council meeting, Council resolved to reject the Planning Proposal lodged for 884-890 Pittwater Road, Dee Why (‘Site B’) and not submit it to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for a Gateway Determination for the following reasons:

    A. The Planning Proposal is inconsistent with the strategic planning direction for Dee Why as established by the recently finalised A Metropolis of Three Cities and North District Plan(March 2018).

    B. The Planning Proposal is inconsistent with a previous decision of Council and the Department of Planning rejecting a proposal to allow residential uses at first floor level on the site and a broader range of retail/ commercial uses on the ground floor level on grounds of inconsistency with Ministerial Direction 1.1 - Business and Industrial Zones.

    C. The Planning Proposal has not demonstrated strategic merit or site-specific merit consistent with the NSW Planning & Environment’s Planning Proposals: A guide to preparing planning proposals (2016).

    D. The Planning Proposal is inconsistent with the following Local Planning Directions:

    a. 1.1 Business and Industrial Zones

    b. 3.4 Integrating Land Use and Transport

    c. 5.10 Implementation of Regional Plans

    d. 6.3 Site Specific Provisions

    e. 7.1 Implementation of A Plan for Growing Sydney.

    E. The outcome of the Planning Proposal is not considered an appropriate strategic and development outcome because it does not satisfactorily address social and infrastructure impacts associated with the loss of employment floor space, and the potential introduction of up to 80 new residential dwellings within a Key Site of the Dee Why Town Centre.

    F. The Proposal will set a policy precedent by introducing residential development within the first floor level of a Key Site within the Dee Why Town Centre. Given the key economic role that the Dee Why-Brookvale Strategic Centre plays in the local government area and the larger North District, the Proposal has the capacity to undermine the existing and future strategic advantage for the provision of business and employment lands.

    G. The information and studies provided in conjunction with the Planning Proposal do not adequately address the impacts that the proposed changes would have on the surrounding area, particularly with regards to traffic, local infrastructure, and economic impacts.


  • Report to Council meeting – 17 April 2018

    15 days ago

    Please note that an Assessment Report of the Planning Proposal for 884-890 Pittwater Road, Dee Why (‘Meriton Site B’) will be considered at the Council meeting on

    • Tuesday 17 April 2018 at the Civic Centre in Dee Why from 6.30pm.
    View Council Report
    Attachment Booklet 5 (Item 10.3 Attachments 1-3)

    You are welcome to attend the Council meeting. If you would like to address Council, you need to complete a Request to speak - public address form.

    Please note that an Assessment Report of the Planning Proposal for 884-890 Pittwater Road, Dee Why (‘Meriton Site B’) will be considered at the Council meeting on

    • Tuesday 17 April 2018 at the Civic Centre in Dee Why from 6.30pm.
    View Council Report
    Attachment Booklet 5 (Item 10.3 Attachments 1-3)

    You are welcome to attend the Council meeting. If you would like to address Council, you need to complete a Request to speak - public address form.

  • How to be involved

    2 months ago

    The Planning Proposal for 884-890 Pittwater Road, Dee Why (‘Site B’) is now on exhibition.

    View the exhibition documents in the Library at Dee Why, or at Council’s Customer Service Centres in Dee Why, Manly and Mona Vale.

    Make a submission:
    In writing to Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099 and mark ‘PEX2018/0003’

    Any person may make a written submission to Council in relation to the Planning Proposal. If you intend to do so, you should make yourself aware of any obligation you might have in relation to Political Donations and Gifts Disclosure. Please note that all submissions are public documents and are available to the Applicant or other interested persons on request.

    For further information contact Adonna See, Principal Planner on 1300 434 434.

    Submissions close Sunday 11 March 2018.

    The Planning Proposal for 884-890 Pittwater Road, Dee Why (‘Site B’) is now on exhibition.

    View the exhibition documents in the Library at Dee Why, or at Council’s Customer Service Centres in Dee Why, Manly and Mona Vale.

    Make a submission:
    In writing to Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099 and mark ‘PEX2018/0003’

    Any person may make a written submission to Council in relation to the Planning Proposal. If you intend to do so, you should make yourself aware of any obligation you might have in relation to Political Donations and Gifts Disclosure. Please note that all submissions are public documents and are available to the Applicant or other interested persons on request.

    For further information contact Adonna See, Principal Planner on 1300 434 434.

    Submissions close Sunday 11 March 2018.
  • Planning Proposal Received

    2 months ago

    A Planning Proposal was received on 18 February 2018 for land at 884-890 Pittwater Road, Dee Why known as the Meriton development or ‘Site B’ of the Dee Why Town Centre.

    The Planning Proposal would allow residential accommodation on the first floor, and medical centres and office premises on the ground floor at the site.

    In accordance with the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 Council is assessing the proposal to determine whether there is merit to proceed as an amendment to Warringah Local Environmental Plan 2011 (WLEP 2011).


    View Supporting Studies and background information

    A Planning Proposal was received on 18 February 2018 for land at 884-890 Pittwater Road, Dee Why known as the Meriton development or ‘Site B’ of the Dee Why Town Centre.

    The Planning Proposal would allow residential accommodation on the first floor, and medical centres and office premises on the ground floor at the site.

    In accordance with the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 Council is assessing the proposal to determine whether there is merit to proceed as an amendment to Warringah Local Environmental Plan 2011 (WLEP 2011).


    View Supporting Studies and background information
  • Meriton Site Update

    9 months ago

    Car spaces - Oaks Avenue

    Meriton have submitted a request to Council for new vehicle access to the site from Oaks Ave for construction purposes.

    This will mean temporary loss of up to 4 existing angle spaces in Oaks Ave in front of the Meriton site.

    A separate works zone application will be required for this request along with compensation to Council for the temporary loss of parking.

    Public Art Wall

    As part of their DA, Meriton are required to provide public art on their eastern wall at ground level wall facing Triangle Parks. To ensure their design best represents the local area and fits in with the overall Dee Why Town Centre Improvements, we are working closely with Mertion’s design consultant to identify potential design concepts.


    Car spaces - Oaks Avenue

    Meriton have submitted a request to Council for new vehicle access to the site from Oaks Ave for construction purposes.

    This will mean temporary loss of up to 4 existing angle spaces in Oaks Ave in front of the Meriton site.

    A separate works zone application will be required for this request along with compensation to Council for the temporary loss of parking.

    Public Art Wall

    As part of their DA, Meriton are required to provide public art on their eastern wall at ground level wall facing Triangle Parks. To ensure their design best represents the local area and fits in with the overall Dee Why Town Centre Improvements, we are working closely with Mertion’s design consultant to identify potential design concepts.


  • Amended Plans - Development Application No. DA2016/0705

    over 1 year ago

    We have received amended plans for this Development Application for construction of a Mixed Use Development comprising retail, commercial and residential uses and a child care centre.

    The amended plans can be viewed online and include a proposed increase in parking and a number of internal alterations.

    You can make a submission:

    • Online via E-Services
    • In writing: marked ‘DA2016/0705’ to Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099

    The Northern Beaches Council will assess the application. However, the Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP/Sydney Planning Panel - North) is the consent authority.

    For any questions regarding this application, please contact Lashta Haidari on 9942 2466 or email Lashta.Haidari@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

    Submissions should be made by 8 November 2016.

    We have received amended plans for this Development Application for construction of a Mixed Use Development comprising retail, commercial and residential uses and a child care centre.

    The amended plans can be viewed online and include a proposed increase in parking and a number of internal alterations.

    You can make a submission:

    • Online via E-Services
    • In writing: marked ‘DA2016/0705’ to Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099

    The Northern Beaches Council will assess the application. However, the Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP/Sydney Planning Panel - North) is the consent authority.

    For any questions regarding this application, please contact Lashta Haidari on 9942 2466 or email Lashta.Haidari@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

    Submissions should be made by 8 November 2016.
  • Construction update - October 2016

    over 1 year ago

    Works on Meriton's development site are continuing.

    We understand the excavation works are scheduled for a further 5-6 months. If you have any any issues relating to noise, dust and water pollution, contact Meriton's Private Certifier, AED Group on (02) 9571 8433.

    The Stormwater Division Works in Howard Avenue are scheduled for completion mid-November 2016. If you have any concerns regarding these works contact Stephen Todd Contractors (NSW) on (02) 9439 0299.

    Alternatively contact Council on 9942 2111 or email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.

    For updates on other projects, download the Construction Update.



    Works on Meriton's development site are continuing.

    We understand the excavation works are scheduled for a further 5-6 months. If you have any any issues relating to noise, dust and water pollution, contact Meriton's Private Certifier, AED Group on (02) 9571 8433.

    The Stormwater Division Works in Howard Avenue are scheduled for completion mid-November 2016. If you have any concerns regarding these works contact Stephen Todd Contractors (NSW) on (02) 9439 0299.

    Alternatively contact Council on 9942 2111 or email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.

    For updates on other projects, download the Construction Update.



  • Emergency Works Oaks Avenue

    over 1 year ago

    Meriton is required to carry-out emergency works to repair a section of the hoarding along Oaks Avenue.

    Pedestrian access and street parking on the northern side of Oaks Avenue has been fenced off to ensure the safety of the public.

    The works will require pedestrians to walk on the southern side of Oaks Avenue while works are carried out and the parking area has been closed to protect the public while the area is made safe.

    Council has ordered Meriton to undertake this work as an emergency and we are hopeful that public impact will be minimised.

    If you have any enquiries on the matter, please contact the on-site Project Manager, Paul Lyons on 0417 233 583 or email paull@karimbla.com.au.

    Meriton is required to carry-out emergency works to repair a section of the hoarding along Oaks Avenue.

    Pedestrian access and street parking on the northern side of Oaks Avenue has been fenced off to ensure the safety of the public.

    The works will require pedestrians to walk on the southern side of Oaks Avenue while works are carried out and the parking area has been closed to protect the public while the area is made safe.

    Council has ordered Meriton to undertake this work as an emergency and we are hopeful that public impact will be minimised.

    If you have any enquiries on the matter, please contact the on-site Project Manager, Paul Lyons on 0417 233 583 or email paull@karimbla.com.au.

  • Meriton Stormwater Diversion Update

    over 1 year ago

    Meriton is continuing with the stormwater diversion works in Howard Avenue. Currently, works are scheduled to take another 6 weeks.

    The site contact is Stephen Todd Contractors (NSW) (02) 9439 0299.


    Meriton is continuing with the stormwater diversion works in Howard Avenue. Currently, works are scheduled to take another 6 weeks.

    The site contact is Stephen Todd Contractors (NSW) (02) 9439 0299.


  • Stormwater Diversion Update - August

    over 1 year ago

    Meriton have completed the sewer diversion and the stormwater diversion works are well underway. They are currently scheduled for completion late September/early October 2016. The works are being carried out by Stephen Todd Contractors (NSW). For any enquiries, call (02) 9439 0299.

    If you have any concerns regarding noise, dust and water pollution, associated with the Meriton development, please contact Meriton’s Private certifier AED Group on (02) 9571 8433. Alternatively contact Council on 9942 2111 or email council@warringah.nsw.gov.au.

    Download the Construction Update for progress on other Dee Why Town Centre projects.


    Meriton have completed the sewer diversion and the stormwater diversion works are well underway. They are currently scheduled for completion late September/early October 2016. The works are being carried out by Stephen Todd Contractors (NSW). For any enquiries, call (02) 9439 0299.

    If you have any concerns regarding noise, dust and water pollution, associated with the Meriton development, please contact Meriton’s Private certifier AED Group on (02) 9571 8433. Alternatively contact Council on 9942 2111 or email council@warringah.nsw.gov.au.

    Download the Construction Update for progress on other Dee Why Town Centre projects.