Development approval signals revitalisation
Development approval signals revitalisation

Development approval signals revitalisation

UrbanGrowth NSW and The GPT Group have welcomed today’s decision by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) to approve their East End development application subject to conditions.

The Joint Regional Planning Panel today made its determination after considering a report from Newcastle City Council recommending the conditional approval. Council’s report followed a public consultation period late last year.

UrbanGrowth NSW CEO David Pitchford said the approval provided the development framework needed to attract investment in Newcastle’s city centre.

“UrbanGrowth NSW and The GPT Group worked very closely with Council to develop a concept that responded to community feedback and struck a balance between what Council and the community wanted and what would encourage investment and jobs growth in the inner city,” Mr Pitchford said.

“Today’s approval means this project can proceed and act as a vital catalyst for revitalisation, investment and jobs growth in Newcastle’s East End.”

The approved development application includes:

  • Approximately 500 apartments
  • 4,900sq/m of retail floor space
  • 2,700 sq/m of commercial floor space
  • A total of 55,400 sq/m gross floor space
  • A total of 491 residential car parking spaces.

Under the plans, Hunter Street Mall will return to being the premium retail address in the East End.

The proposal encourages the redevelopment of the historic former David Jones building to feature boutique retail on the ground level with loft-style apartments above while retaining the significant heritage components of the site. There will be no height added to the former David Jones building at the corner of Hunter and Perkins streets. The plan includes a 12-level development on the corner of King and Perkins Streets and a nine-level development on the corner of King and Newcomen streets.

Future Development Applications will be required for all work on the site but this approval provides certainty on key planning controls. The community will be consulted on each individual stage through the formal planning process undertaken by Newcastle City Council.

Mr Pitchford said the organisations would continue to work with Council as the project progressed and he expected the East End project would be seeking private sector involvement within the next six months.