Alfred Street Precinct Planning Study

In 2017, a planning study is being prepared for the Alfred Street Precinct.

The objective of the Study is to outline Council and community expectations for any future development in the precinct and to guide any future proposals to amend the planning controls that apply to the site.

An important driver for this work is the previously refused Planning Proposal for 275 Alfred Street.

Key considerations will be:

  • the future mix of employment and residential uses in the precinct,
  • encouraging high quality built form design,
  • opportunities to improve the surrounding public domain, and
  • protecting the amenity of the surrounding residential area.

The study will identify design principles and preferred built form options for the precinct. It will also identify public domain and/or other public benefits to support any additional development capacity. This will ensure that growth is planned, well managed and results in benefits to the community.



The planning controls for the site at 275 Alfred Street (also known as the ‘Bayer Building’), North Sydney have been the subject of previous discussions with the landowner. Most recently, on 3 September 2015, Council received a Planning Proposal seeking to amend the North Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2013 for 275 Alfred Street. In particular, the Planning Proposal sought to:

  • rezone the land from B3 Commercial Core to B4 Mixed Use;

  • increase the maximum building height over the majority of the site to 85m (from the current actual height of approximately 52m); and

  • increase the maximum floor space ratio from 3.5:1 to 10.2:1 (the existing building on the site is 7.3:1).

On 15 February 2016, Council considered a report into the matter and resolved to refuse the Proposal for various reasons including that the proposal should be informed by a comprehensive strategic planning study for the locality. At that meeting, Council resolved that:

any changes to the planning controls for the precinct be considered holistically and involve all landowners in the context of a comprehensive strategic planning study for the locality which includes planning for defined public benefits for any additional residential density.

On 20 February 2017, Council resolved to prepare a planning study for the Alfred Street Precinct.

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