Military Road Corridor Planning Study - Stage 1

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Consultation has concluded

Submissions close 31 July 2020 (extended)

Council resolved at its meeting held of 23 March 2020 (held 6 April 2020) to place the draft Future Directions report on public exhibition. This is the third and final document of the draft Military Road Corridor Planning Study - Stage 1. View a copy of the report here.


Interactive Summary Map - draft Future Directions Report (refer to the Draft Future Direction report for full details)

Watch the presentation - provides an overview of the report, public benefits and keys sites (refer to the Draft Future Direction Report for full details)


Guiding change

The draft Future Directions Report (available in the document library) is an ongoing planning strategy to review existing planning controls along Military Road, to meet the current needs of the community and explore ways to guide and change future development and job growth in the area.

Stage 1 of the planning study focuses on Neutral Bay town centre. The boundary for this stage of the study is highlighted on the map with stage 2 located on either side of the town centre.


A growing town centre with a village feel

Neutral Bay town centre is a vibrant local centre with a valued village atmosphere. The centre is well connected to both Sydney and North Sydney CBDs, as well as the Northern Beaches, and has become a popular area for people to live, work and visit.

However, increasing pressures on public domain and community facilities could threaten to affect the vibrancy and diversity of the area. There is an increasing need for space for future jobs growth as well as new community facilities and open space areas.

This report aims to guide increasing development pressure in the area and ensure that future development meets the needs and expectations of the community.

Community benefits

A 2018 engagement survey identified the need for a range of new and improved community facilities within Neutral Bay.

Four key sites have been identified to potentially deliver on this demand. This would be achieved through in-kind contributions, where Council negotiates with landowners to deliver community benefits when assessing planning proposals. This is particularly valuable when evaluating planning proposals in the vicinity of existing community facilities.

These in-kind contributions not only provide funding and construction for new public facilities but also deliver community facilities in an area that is limited by space.

Next Steps

At the end of the exhibition period a report will be prepared for Council’s consideration accounting for submissions made and any resulting amendments to the Planning Study.

HAVE YOUR SAY - Submissions close 31 July 2020

Use the online submission form (below) or alternatively, send submissions to:

Email - yoursay@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

Mail - General Manager
North Sydney Council
PO Box 12
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059

For further information, contact Tomas van der Meer of Council’s Strategic Planning Department on 9936 8100 or use the question and answer (Q&A) tab below.

Submissions close 31 July 2020 (extended)

Council resolved at its meeting held of 23 March 2020 (held 6 April 2020) to place the draft Future Directions report on public exhibition. This is the third and final document of the draft Military Road Corridor Planning Study - Stage 1. View a copy of the report here.


Interactive Summary Map - draft Future Directions Report (refer to the Draft Future Direction report for full details)

Watch the presentation - provides an overview of the report, public benefits and keys sites (refer to the Draft Future Direction Report for full details)


Guiding change

The draft Future Directions Report (available in the document library) is an ongoing planning strategy to review existing planning controls along Military Road, to meet the current needs of the community and explore ways to guide and change future development and job growth in the area.

Stage 1 of the planning study focuses on Neutral Bay town centre. The boundary for this stage of the study is highlighted on the map with stage 2 located on either side of the town centre.


A growing town centre with a village feel

Neutral Bay town centre is a vibrant local centre with a valued village atmosphere. The centre is well connected to both Sydney and North Sydney CBDs, as well as the Northern Beaches, and has become a popular area for people to live, work and visit.

However, increasing pressures on public domain and community facilities could threaten to affect the vibrancy and diversity of the area. There is an increasing need for space for future jobs growth as well as new community facilities and open space areas.

This report aims to guide increasing development pressure in the area and ensure that future development meets the needs and expectations of the community.

Community benefits

A 2018 engagement survey identified the need for a range of new and improved community facilities within Neutral Bay.

Four key sites have been identified to potentially deliver on this demand. This would be achieved through in-kind contributions, where Council negotiates with landowners to deliver community benefits when assessing planning proposals. This is particularly valuable when evaluating planning proposals in the vicinity of existing community facilities.

These in-kind contributions not only provide funding and construction for new public facilities but also deliver community facilities in an area that is limited by space.

Next Steps

At the end of the exhibition period a report will be prepared for Council’s consideration accounting for submissions made and any resulting amendments to the Planning Study.

HAVE YOUR SAY - Submissions close 31 July 2020

Use the online submission form (below) or alternatively, send submissions to:

Email - yoursay@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

Mail - General Manager
North Sydney Council
PO Box 12
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059

For further information, contact Tomas van der Meer of Council’s Strategic Planning Department on 9936 8100 or use the question and answer (Q&A) tab below.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    How does the safety of pedestrians and residents get addressed with a recent major accident on 20 June on corner of Grosvenor and Waters Road , injuring pedestrians due to cars racing down Grosvenor ST? Has there been a traffic study done of the current situation ? if so can you point me to this and also what impact will this redevelopment have on this issues?

    Nadine asked 5 months ago

    Part 1: How does the safety of pedestrians and residents get addressed with a recent major accident on 20 June on corner of Grosvenor and Waters Road, injuring pedestrians due to cars racing down Grosvenor Street? 

    The safety and amenity of the community is important. The draft planning study was informed by a background technical report prepared by Aurecon (2019). Chapter 2 of the Aurecon report (available under ‘Document Library’) provides an analysis of road safety in Neutral Bay having regard to available crash history data.  It shows Military Road and Belgrave Street are hot-spots for crashes, particularly at intersections. Pedestrian crashes tend to result in more serious injuries.

    In response, the draft planning study proposes a suite of public domain upgrades and built form setbacks to improve the safety and amenity of the centre. In addition, car parks are proposed to be relocated underground to reduce conflict with pedestrians and reclaim space for people. 

    Part 2: Has there been a traffic study done of the current situation? If so, can you point me to this and what impact will this redevelopment have on this issue?


    New development will be required to create no net increase in traffic in the Neutral Bay town centre compared to what is permissible under the current planning controls. The draft planning study proposes to make walking, cycling, ride sharing and public transport the preferred and more convenient modes of transport. Parking spaces in any future development will be limited to the capacity that is currently allowed under existing planning controls. Car sharing initiatives to support apartment living will be encouraged.


    Traffic impacts of projects identified in the draft planning study, such as changes to Young Street or Grosvenor Lane car park to create more open space, will be assessed on a project-by-project basis during the more detailed design stages where the preparation of Traffic Management Plans are required.










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    When does the business case for this redevelopment get revised post COVID 19

    Nadine asked 5 months ago

    Implications relating to Covid19 will be considered.

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    When does the Stage 1 Community feedback get reported?

    Nadine asked 5 months ago

    The public exhibition period has been extended until Friday 31 July 2020. All submissions will be collated and considered against the draft report before being reported to Council in due course.

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    Why are new buildings of 8 and 12 stories being suggested in the report?

    5 months ago

    The draft planning study proposes to increase the current height limit that applies to the Neutral Bay town centre from 5 storeys to 6 storeys. This is to meet the forecast demand for commercial office space by 2036.

    Four sites have been identified to support building of up to 8 or 12 storeys. These sites are larger landholdings that are in need of renewal and have the potential to deliver much needed public benefits in the area, those being: a new community facility, two underground public car parks, a creative maker art alley, an indoor recreational facility, secured commuter bicycle parking and a number of new and improved parks and plazas.  

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    The future directions report contains solar impact reports outlining how sunlight to public areas will be affected by the increased height of buildings. Where can I find the solar impact reports for how sunlight to existing residential buildings will be affected?

    5 months ago

    Solar impact analysis to residential properties can be found in the appendix to the draft planning study. More detailed solar studies will be undertaken in any a subsequent planning proposal to amend the height controls and any development application, both of which are subject to further public consultation.

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    What arrangements are proposed for delivery and other commercial vehicles wishing to access the redeveloped supermarket and the existing businesses bordering Grosvenor Plaza?

    5 months ago

    Efficient delivery arrangements for commercial vehicles servicing the centre is important. It is currently envisaged that properties will continue to be supported by similar access and loading arrangements to what they have now. Any changes will be determined through more detailed design phases, subject to public consultation.

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    Given the additional height limits, it is assumed that there will be residential accommodation above the retail space. In this case, what arrangements are proposed for the additional traffic and parking arising from the increase in residential space.

    5 months ago

    To ensure there is no net increase in traffic, the planning study proposes to make walking, cycling, ride sharing and public transport the preferred and more convenient modes of transport. Parking spaces in any future development will be limited to the capacity that is currently allowed under existing planning controls. Car sharing initiatives to support apartment living will be encouraged.

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    Will the new supermarket in Site 1 be built below ground or at ground level?

    Bruce asked 6 months ago

    The redeveloped supermarket is proposed to be located partly above ground and extending below Council land which is currently being used as a car park. The benefits of doing this are to enable an underground, more modern retail facility to operate in Neutral Bay and to replace the car park with an active new plaza for the community. Public parking will be relocated below the underground supermarket. To protect the village atmosphere, the above ground portion of the supermarket can be redesigned to provide more active and engaging frontages to the plaza and surrounding streets.

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    Carparking is already totally inadequate. Can you please confirm how many total (i.e.net) carparking spaces will be added?

    Steve Walker asked 6 months ago

    The current number of on-street parking spaces in Neutral Bay will be maintained until alternative below ground parking arrangements become feasible. Ground level is valuable space for parks and plazas, walking, cycling and safely getting to and from public transport. For this reason, the draft planning study proposes that over time, some on-street parking will be replaced by underground public parking facilities. The final number of parking spaces will be determined though subsequent detailed design phases.

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    Concern is raised that public land is given away for no tangible public benefit, in particular the Grosvenor Lane car park. Please clarify the Grosvenor Lane car park outcome and the ongoing ownership and management of any new or repurposed public open space created as a result of a potential future Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA)?

    6 months ago

    The draft Future Direction Report seeks to deliver an improved public domain and more of it. The framework suggests the undergrounding of the existing Grosvenor Lane car park, further widening of the plaza space into the existing supermarket site by 6.5m and the protection of solar access with an upper level setback of 10m. In return, a future development of the adjoining site may use underground space under the plaza and build new development along Grosvenor Street up to 8 storeys.

    The new plaza at ground level would remain in Council’s ownership including the additional space that is created through the added 6.5m ground floor setback.