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The New Tweed Valley Hospital proposal is classified as a State Significant Development (SSD).


The planning process for SSD is as follows:

  • the Department issues Planning Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs), which set out the details the proponent must address in their application
  • the applicant (HINSW) prepares an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
  • the Department places the EIS on public exhibition for formal submissions from the community
  • the Department collates all submissions received during public exhibition and request the proponent to respond to the feedback received
  • the proponent submits the Response to Submissions report, which is considered, along with feedback from the community, other government agencies and councils, as part of the Department’ assessment of the proposal
  • the Department then makes a recommendation to the Minister for Planning for determination, which includes conditions for consent or reasons for refusal.


The Department considers the following when assessing SSD applications:

  • existing strategic plans and policies (including State, regional and local)
  • feedback and comments from the relevant local Council(s)
  • specialised and technical input and advice received from Federal and State Government agencies
  • public submissions received during the exhibition, and
  • the public interest.

Page last updated: 27/02/2019