Planning proposal

Improvements to public transport in Newcastle city centre mean the former heavy rail corridor lands from Worth Place east to Newcastle Station are no longer required for transport purposes.

The Revitalising Newcastle program is delivering new public spaces connected to better transport, creating job opportunities and delivering new housing and education opportunities for the city. A planning proposal is the process through which the former corridor land is being rezoned, allowing for the change from one use to another.

As required under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the planning proposal is now controlled by Newcastle City Council and it has placed the planning proposal on public exhibition until Monday 23 October. This is your opportunity to put forward your thoughts on the proposed changes to land use.

You can read more about the rezoning process and learn about the planning proposal by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Useful links

Revitalising Newcastle animation

An artistic impression of the planning proposal lodged with Newcastle City Council, as interpreted from community consultation in 2015.

Is the planning proposal a development application?

The planning proposal is not a development application. It is a document that explains the proposed zoning changes to the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP) to support new land uses.

Any proposed building on the corridor (after it has been rezoned) will follow normal development approval process through Council. Opportunity for community input is a part of the development application process. 

What are the proposed rezonings?

To activate the city and attract people, jobs and tourism, the planning proposal suggests rezoning the land from infrastructure (SP2) to public recreation (RE1), tourism (SP3), and mixed use (B4).

The proposed rezoning covers 4.2 hectares. More than 3.15 hectares (75%) will deliver community benefit including higher education, public recreation, affordable housing and tourism. 

Proposed rezoning chart

One area will not be rezoned at this stage, adjoining Scott Street between Brown and Perkins streets. This allows Council to consider how it would like to best use this site, which adjoins the Council carpark to the north.

A public recreation zoning will deliver more great spaces, such as Market Street Lawn, our new place to play in the city. 

Market Street Lawn opening

Market Street Lawn

Opening fiesta

What is on public exhibition?

The planning proposal is on public exhibition until Monday 23 October 2017.

The planning proposal package consists of three documents, namely:

  • The planning proposal (plus attachments) – Details the proposed zones and development standards (maximum height and floor space ratio) for areas that can be built on and the uses permitted on other areas, for example parks. 
  • The draft Development Control Plan (DCP) amendment – Provides detailed building, place, character and open space guidelines for future development sites.
  • The Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) – Sets out the contributions that Hunter Development Corporation, on behalf of the NSW Government, will make to Newcastle City Council in terms of land and works for public benefit, once the planning proposal is endorsed and the new Local Environmental Plan in place. This includes reinvesting the land sales back into the Revitalising Newcastle program.

How do I have my say?

During the public exhibition you are able to:

  • view the proposed zones for each piece of land online and provide immediate feedback about whether you support or don't support the proposals
  • attend a community information session
  • read the documents either online; at Newcastle City Library in Laman Street, Newcastle; or at Council’s City Administration Centre at 282 King Street, Newcastle
  • submit a formal submission through Council’s engagement site
  • register to speak at a Public Voice session to address Council.

Key dates

Public exhibition starts
Monday 11 September 2017

Community information sessions
Monday 18 September 6pm-8pm
Tuesday 19 September 10am-12pm

Public Voice session
Date to be confirmed. Check Council's website for details

Public exhibition finishes
Monday 23 October 2017

Newcastle City Council’s ‘have your say’ page contains all of the documents and information about the public exhibition.

For more information

As required under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the planning proposal is now controlled by Newcastle City Council

Visit Council's planning proposal public exhibition website for more information, or phone Council on 02 4974 2000.