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On 13 June 2017, the NSW Government announced $534 million for a new major referral hospital that would be constructed on a greenfield site in the Tweed-Byron region.


Following a comprehensive site selection and analysis process, a site located at 771 Cudgen Rd, Cudgen, was identified in June 2018 as the preferred site for a new Tweed Valley Hospital and supporting health service facilities.


The existing land use on the site is primarily zoned RU1 Primary Production. Hospitals are a prohibited use in the RU1 zone under the Tweed LEP 2014.


Our role

The Department of Planning and Environment has two separate responsibilities in the proposed new Tweed Valley Hospital development. 

Health Infrastructure NSW has lodged a State significant development (SSD) for the concept phase and associated stage 1 works of the proposed new Tweed Valley Hospital, with the Department of Planning.


In order for us to assess and determine the proposed hospital development on the preferred site, the site’s planning controls must be amended to allow hospitals as a permissible use (with consent).


A proposed State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) will amend the Tweed LEP 2014 and rezone the site to SP2 Infrastructure (Health Services Facility). The amendments would also seek to remove development controls relating to height, minimum subdivision lot size and floor space ratios.


The Department is responsible for the exhibition of both the Explanation of Intended Effect for the proposed SEPP, as well as the Environmental Impact Statement for the concept application and stage 1 works for the proposed hospital development.


For more information, and to read public submissions received on the proposed SEPP, please refer to our Plans and Policies webpage.

Page last updated: 10/01/2019