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Frenchs Forest is set to become a strategic centre based around the Northern Beaches Hospital and improved transport links. 
We are working with the community, Northern Beaches Council, School Infrastructure NSW, Transport for NSW and other agencies to revitalise Frenchs Forest and create a new town centre. 
Rezoning of Frenchs Forest will be state-led. We are leading the rezoning process to implement a new planning framework that responds to the vision and objectives of Council’s Hospital Precinct Structure Plan and delivers an integrated approach for the sustainable growth of Frenchs Forest.


Frenchs Forest Place Strategy

The draft Frenchs Forest Place Strategy was on public exhibition from 23 July to 3 September 2021.


You can see the exhibition documents on the Planning Portal.


The draft place strategy includes a vibrant new town centre and will help implement phase one of the Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.


Our planning is underpinned by a series of background studies and has considered and incorporated extensive input from Northern Beaches Council, community feedback and results from the Frenchs Forest PlaceScore.


You can watch a video of our online information session on 18 August and read our response to questions from online information sessions.


The draft place strategy will deliver:

  • a new town centre with shops, restaurants, cafes and offices;
  • 1.5 hectares of new public open space including a 1,665 sqm plaza;
  • easier walking and cycling connections, upgrades to local roads, a new bus interchange and direct access to the city through the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link.
  • 2,000 new jobs, mainly in health and education to support the Northern Beaches Hospital; and
  • 2,000 new homes (1,000 of these in the town centre; 1,000 in the adjacent residential areas) with a range of housing including townhouses, terraces, apartments and aged care; and homes for key workers such as nurses and paramedics;


The Department has provided Council with $6.16m funding under the Precinct Support Scheme to upgrade three local parks in Frenchs Forest – Brick Pitt Reserve, Akora Reserve and Rabbett Reserve.


The draft Special Infrastructure Contributions (SIC) supports the strategic objectives of the draft place strategy and will help provide up to $37.3 million to pay for the infrastructure needed for the development of Frenchs Forest. 


The Forest High School will be relocated to a new site in a portion of 187 Allambie Road, Allambie Heights. The new site is located within the current intake area of the school. Development of the new town centre will only occur once the new high school opens.


Find out more about the relocation of The Forest High School at the School Infrastructure NSW webpage.


Northern Beaches Council has prepared an amendment of Warringah Development Control Plan to support the Frenchs Forest Place Strategy.


You can see the draft DCP along with the draft Affordable Housing Scheme and Tenancy Guidelines on Council’s webpage.


What happens next?

All feedback and submissions will be carefully considered during finalisation of the place strategy.


We will prepare a submissions report that collates your feedback and explains how it has affected the final place strategy.


Once the place strategy is finalised, Northern Beaches Council will progress Development Applications through its Local Environmental Plan.


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Page last updated: 06/09/2021