Frenchs Forest is home to the new, state-of-the-art Northern Beaches Hospital. Located at the corner of Warringah Road, Wakehurst Parkway and Frenchs Forest Road West, the hospital and associated road upgrades represents a significant investment in state infrastructure valued at $1 billion.
Given the scale of the development, the area surrounding the Northern Beaches Hospital has been identified as a Strategic Centre and Health and Education Precinct in the metropolitan planning for the Greater Sydney region.
Since 2014, Council has been planning for the future of the precinct through the preparation of the Hospital Precinct Structure Plan (Structure Plan). Adopted by Council on 1 August 2017, the Structure Plan provides the strategic land use planning framework for Frenchs Forest over the next 20 years.
The Structure Plan sets the vision for Frenchs Forest as it transitions into a Strategic Centre and identifies appropriate land use mixes taking into account environmental, social, economic, traffic, transport and accessibility issues.
The Structure Plan proposes a phased approach to the development of the precinct, which is based on the provision of improved transport infrastructure and a continued modal shift from private to public transport. Over the next 20 years, the Structure Plan proposes the phased delivery of approximately 5,360 dwellings and 2,300 new jobs.
In response to the State Government’s $1 billion investment in public infrastructure for Frenchs Forest, the former Warringah Council resolved in 2013 to prepare the Hospital Precinct Structure Plan for the area around the new hospital site. The purpose of this plan was to ensure that appropriate consideration was given to the long term planning of the area and to guide future development.
Keenly aware of the previous State Government planning process in 2011, Council concentrated on increasing community input and ownership to understand many of the project’s land use planning challenges. Council undertook an award winning three-stage engagement approach with the goal to encourage maximum community input and foster community ownership of the overall land use planning process.
Detailed analysis for the Structure Plan was carried out over a four-year period (2014 to 2017) culminating in an actively engaged community and an adopted Structure Plan for the Frenchs Forest precinct.
Rezoning of Phase One of the Structure Plan is being led by NSW State Government with the draft Frenchs Forest Place Strategy recently on exhibition from 23 July to 3 September 2021. While the exhibition period has closed you can still view the documents.
Exhibition has now closed for Council’s draft amendments to the Warringah Development Control Plan 2011, draft Northern Beaches Affordable Housing Contributions Scheme and Tenancy Guidelines. Submissions are currently being reviewed with the consideration of changes to the draft documents, resulting from the community feedback. The results from the exhibition period and recommended changes will be reported to a Council meeting early next year.
Council is in the process of preparing a draft Development Contributions Plan (Section 7.11) which is expected to be exhibited this year.
To learn more about this project, please contact Council’s Strategic and Place Planning Team on 1300 434 434 or firstname.lastname@example.org