Military Road Corridor Planning Study

From 2019 onwards Council is preparing a planning study for the Military Road Corridor in response to significant development interest along Military Road.

Stage 1 focuses on Neutral Bay Town Centre, the area generally located between Ben Boyd Road to the west and Hampden Avenue to the east and is the subject of this consultation.

Stage 2 will comprise the remainder of the corridor, including the island bordered by Military Rd and Falcon St, and the Cremorne Town Centre.

The objectives of the planning study are to:

  • Engage with the community to inform the desired future character of the corridor;

  • develop a vision, structure plan and principles that will manage future development pressure; and

  • ensure tangible public benefits support job and housing growth by identifying necessary public domain upgrades and social infrastructure.

 

Latest News

 

On 30 November 2020, Council considered the post-exhibition report including the amended:

MRCPS - Future Direction Report (21MB)

Consideration of the post exhibition report has been deferred by Council until 22 February 2021.

Earlier in 2020 the draft Future Direction Report was publicly exhibited as part of the development of the Military Road Corridor Planning Study.

What the 435 submissions told us:

  • the most frequent issues raised were concerns relating to building height, public parking and other traffic issues - with most specifically related to the Grosvenor Lane car park request better access and more support of local shops without being compromised by the Grosvenor Lane supermarket.

  • a smaller number of submissions supported modest height increases in acknowledgement of the potential associated public benefits, however, believe that the proposed building height of 12 storeys is inappropriate for the area.

  • some submissions expressed concerns that the changes will impact on the character of the area.

  • there was support for the proposed public domain and community facility improvements, with several in support of additional height.

The post exhibition report recommends that this Study be adopted to provide a framework and guidance for ongoing discussion with local landowners about the future development of the Centre. The Study proposes to retain height increases on sites 1, 2 and 3 as previously exhibited (8 and 12 storeys) to strike a balance between the careful management of height to preserve character and enhance amenity whilst delivering on much needed public benefits for the centre. Sites 1 and 2 would benefit from the preparation of a collaborative masterplan, but the Study does not mandate this.

This balanced development uplift has the potential to deliver:

  • public domain improvements including significant new public plazas

  • relocation Grosvenor Lane car park to be less visually dominant

  • regional secured commuter bicycle parking (28 spaces)

  • new community centre with accessible toilet and family room (~1,000m2)

  • new creative makers art alley (~600m2)

  • increased employment floorspace

The Grosvenor Plaza is planned to remain in Council’s ownership. Any approach to utilise all or part of this land by private interests, will be required to undergo a public expression of interest process.

More information: Nov 2020 MRCPS - Future Direction Report (amended) & exhibition outcomes (26MB)

 

  

Background to the Planning Study

 

Military Road Planning

 

From 2017-2019, Council was approached by various parties representing development interests along the Military Road Corridor. Council has consistently advised that ad-hoc proposals to amend planning controls are not supported, and that a comprehensive framework, through a planning study, should lead and guide future development.

The planning study will consider:

  • regional and local strategic and policy context

  • Precinct character

  • built form and potential impacts

  • transport and access

  • economic and demographic context

  • employment capacity

  • public domain and social infrastructure.

A critical component of this work is consultation with the local community. Please visit our Have Your Say website

  

Enquiries

If you would like to discuss the Military Road Corridor Planning Study, please contact Tomas van der Meer, Strategic Planner - Urban Design, on 9936 8100.

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