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:
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.
The Stage 2 SSD application will seek approval for the design, construction and commissioning of the hospital itself.