An artist’s impression of the Newcastle CBD revitalisation

5 March 2014 — Following community calls for better public transport, the NSW Government has placed on public exhibition amendments to the Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan to guide CBD urban renewal, which is to be based around plans for a new light rail link interchange.

The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure said it had, along with the City of Newcastle, worked closely with the community, land owners and businesses to develop a vision for the city centre that had transport improvement at its heart.

Deputy Director General of Planning and Infrastructure Stephen McIntyre said one of the biggest concerns raised during community consultation was around public transport.

“The community raised concerns in June last year around transport in the Newcastle CBD and we are incorporating a plan for urban renewal around the plans for the new light rail link interchange from Wickham to the beach,” he said.

“Combining urban renewal with public transport is smart planning for the future of Newcastle and we welcome the community’s feedback on this.”

Mr McIntyre said the plans would provide the planning footprint for the city centre for the next 20 years, and would certainty about the future of CBD growth for both business and the community.

“These plans allow capacity for an additional 10,000 jobs and 6000 homes to be created in the city centre by 2036 – homes and jobs that will be supported by new and renewed transport infrastructure,” he said.

Public exhibition of the draft amendments to the LEP continues until 21 March and the DCP until 4 April.

Copies of the plans are available here.