Northern Beaches Update

Future Plans for the Northern Beaches

In March 2018, the NSW Government as part of its planning for 2056, adopted the Greater Sydney Region Plan and its accompanying Northern Sydney District Plan.  Sydney’s plan creates three connected city zones; Eastern Harbour, Central River and Western Parkland.

For the northern beaches community the Northern Sydney District Plan foreshadows;

  • Building of the Western Harbour Tunnel and the Beaches Link, delivering a crucial fourth corridor to the Northern Beaches,
  • The creation of the new strategic centre of Frenchs Forest, centred around the new northern Beaches Hospital, focusing on urban renewal, jobs and health and education infrastructure,
  • The Ingleside land release, with its predicted 3,400 dwellings,
  • The maintenance of the rural lands, centred on Terrey Hills, Duffys Forest and Oxford Falls,
  • Investigation for dedicated bus corridors for Mona Vale to Macquarie University and Dee Why to Chatswood

That plan also foresees that the demographics of the northern beaches should see the population increase by 13% to nearly 300,000 by 2036.  That population is likely to age, with over 4% of the population in 2036 aged over 85, and these changes should witness a substantial increase in the number of single-person households.

News about planning for the Frenchs Forest Precinct is expected in late 2018 with a focus on lifting job numbers to over 12,000 by 2036 and the integrated delivery around the hospital of mixed residential solutions including affordable housing and commercial and educational facilities.  News about the Ingleside land release is also expected in 2018.

With the Greater Sydney Region plan now adopted, Councils are required to make an assessment that their local environmental plan is in tandem.

For more information you can download the North District Plan PDF here:

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