New South Wales

Exhibition period for proposed Frenchs Forest transformation extended

THE public exhibition period for a State significant site study that aims to promote employment and housing growth at Frenchs Forest has been extended by three weeks.

Frenchs Forest, located approximately 15 kilometres from the Sydney CBD, has been identified as the proposed site for the future Northern Beaches Hospital. The recently released Metropolitan Plan for Sydney 2036 identifies the area as a potential specialised centre.

In December, the Department of Planning placed a number of planning documents on exhibition, including the State significant site study and proposed new zonings and planning controls to facilitate the growth of Frenchs Forest around the future hospital.

It is proposed to create development opportunities for mixed use, business park, residential and commercial uses. It is estimated that the centre could employ up to 25,000 people and provide an additional 1,300 homes.

The Department of Planning said the public exhibition period has been extended by three weeks due to the considerable public interest in the rezoning.

In addition to the extended exhibition period, Transport NSW will prepare a Transport Management and Accessibility Plan (TMAP) for the area.

Department of Planning Deputy Director General Tom Gellibrand said a number of the submissions already received on Frenchs Forest had asked about the proposed transport infrastructure and traffic measures that would accompany the future growth of the suburb.

"The Department acknowledges the importance of managing transport and traffic impacts in Frenchs Forest and in December, we asked Transport NSW to manage and coordinate the preparation of a TMAP," Mr Gellibrand said.

"The TMAP will provide a multi-modal assessment of future transport needs and identify a range of transport measures, including infrastructure requirements, needed to support the growth of the centre over the next 25 years."

The Frenchs Forest proposal is now on public exhibition until 28 February 2011. Further information can be obtained from the Department of Planning website at <http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/>.

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