Source: Department of Planning & Infrastructure
The Department of Planning and Infrastructure has released for public comment the Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy 2012. The Strategy applies to the Newcastle City Centre and aims to transform and revitalise the City. The document outlines a clear strategy and implementation plan to support the revitalisation of Newcastle over the next 25 years. The Strategy and a range of initiatives have inter-related components with can be broadly categorised as place-based, economic and transport-related. The Strategy supports the Government’s recent decision to replace rail services with bus services from a new transport interchange at Wickham.
The Strategy will inform the future planning controls in State Environmental Planning Policy (Urban Renewal), which will be the key planning framework for future development within the Newcastle City Centre.
Concurrent with the release of the Strategy, the NSW Government announced that it will spend $120 million to terminate the Newcastle rail line at Wickham and convert the remaining corridor into open space, with provision for potential light rail in the future. This decision ends years of debate on the issue and will provide for improved linkages between the City and its waterfront and hopefully promote greater investment in the Newcastle CBD.
The Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy 2012 is on exhibition until 17 March 2013 and can be found at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/revitalisenewcastle.
To find out how the Strategy affects you, or to get assistance with making a submission, contact Shannon Sullivan or Scott Brown on 02 9956 6962.