planning approvals

The Tweed Valley Hospital will be assessed as a State Significant Development (SSD) application, as it has a value of more than $30 million.

The NSW Minister for Planning or delegate is the consent authority for SSD applications, which are assessed by the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). Concurrent with the Stage 1 SSD application, DPE prepared a site-specific State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), which is required to allow the SSD application to be considered.
To ensure that the hospital is completed in 2022 planning approval will be sought in two stages:

  • Stage 1 will seek an overall approval for the hospital concept and consent to commence early and enabling works on the site. These works consist of site preparatory activities such as clearing, bulk earthworks, retention walls and other in-ground works to enable development of the hospital.
  • Stage 2 will seek approval for the design, construction and commissioning of the hospital itself.
 

Gazettal of SEPP amendment (Tweed Valley Hospital) 2019

On 22 February 2019, the NSW Government gazetted the State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (Tweed Valley Hospital) 2019.

The site-specific State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) has the effect of rezoning the residential and agricultural zoned areas of the Tweed Valley Hospital site on Cudgen Road to SP2 Infrastructure, which is required to enable the Stage 1 SSD application to be determined. 

This SEPP is part of the planning approval process and was placed on public exhibition for six weeks from 1 November 2018, along with the first of a two-stage SSD application for the new hospital development. 
 

Stage 1 State Significant Development (SSD) application

The Stage 1 SSD application seeks overall approval for the hospital concept and consent to commence early and enabling works on the site. These works consist of site preparatory activities such as clearing, bulk earthworks, retention walls and other in-ground works to enable development of the hospital.

The Stage 1 SSD application, including Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was lodged with DPE in October 2018, and placed on extended public exhibition from 1 November to 13 December 2018.

Health Infrastructure responded to all feedback received from the community and government agencies during the exhibition period in a formal report, lodged with the DPE in late January 2019. This report and supplementary information is available on DPE’s website.

The Stage 1 SSD planning approval was granted by the NSW Government on 11 June 2019.
 

Stage 2 State Significant Development (SSD) application

With early works underway on the Tweed Valley Hospital site, Health Infrastructure is progressing the application for the detailed design, construction and commissioning of the Tweed Valley Hospital.

Health Infrastructure lodged the Stage 2 SSD planning application with Department of Planning, Industry and Environment on 27 September 2019, and it is now on public exhibition on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.  
The second stage in the two-stage process, the Stage 2 SSD application seeks approval for:

  • Construction of the main hospital building, including incremental expansion
  • Construction of supporting healthcare buildings, referred to as the ‘Health Hub’
  • Internal roads and car parking, including a multi-deck car park
  • Construction of a temporary building for the ‘Tweed Valley Skills Centre’
  • External road infrastructure upgrades and main site access
  • Environmental and wetland rehabilitation
  • Site landscaping
  • Signage
  • Utility and service works.


Find out how you can have your say on the Stage 2 SSD application for the Tweed Valley Hospital.

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