The NSW Government announced plans in June 2017 to develop a new major referral hospital on a greenfield site in the Tweed-Byron area. In 2018, the NSW Minister for Health announced the preferred site was located at 771 Cudgen Rd, Cudgen.
Health Infrastructure NSW lodged a concept application for the development of a new hospital, and associated Stage 1 site preparation works.
Health Infrastructure NSW has submitted a formal Response to Submissions report (RtS) to address issues raised in submissions from the community, Tweed Shire Council and government agencies during public exhibition.
More information on the full project is available on the NSW Health site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital project.
The new Tweed Valley Hospital project is classified as State significant development (SSD) under the State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011, because it involves a development with a capital investment value (CIV) of more than $30 million.
A staged SSD is a development with multiple stages, each classified as SSD and requiring separate assessment processes. The concept stage sets a guide for acceptable size, height, and use of the development as well as future redevelopment of the site.
If the concept design is approved, applications for the future stage(s) with detailed design and operational parameters for the hospital would be lodged, exhibited, and assessed having regard to any requirements specified by the concept design. The community will have an opportunity to comment on future applications when they are exhibited.
The SSD application for the proposed new hospital (as refined by the Response to Submissions) seeks approval for a Concept Proposal and concurrent Stage 1 works.
The Concept Proposal:
Stage 1 works:
The Department plays an important role in assessing major projects in NSW.
In parallel, the Department also exhibited the Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) for a proposed State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) that would rezone part of the lot from RU1 Primary Production and R1 General Residential to SP2 Infrastructure. The SEPP also includes changes to planning controls relating to height of buildings, floor space ratios and minimum lot size.
The SEPP was approved and gazetted in XX 2019. This makes Health Services Facilities considered “permissible with development consent”, and enables the Department to finalise our assessment of the proposed hospital.
The Department will progress our assessment of the proposed concept and Stage 1 hospital development application, which includes consideration of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), all submissions and community feedback, and the RtS.
Our assessment considers the SSD application against existing strategic plans and policies, feedback and comments from the relevant local Council, specialised and technical input and advice received from Federal and State Government agencies, and all submissions received during public exhibition.
Page last updated: 21/05/2019