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Growing and investing in health and education precincts

Planning Priority N9

Greater Sydney’s health and education precincts are drivers of export services. Education is the largest export service industry in NSW, with international enrolments growing at a faster rate than domestic enrolments.

Government investment in, and the growth of, health and education precincts will:

  • diversify job opportunities across Greater Sydney
  • facilitate jobs closer to home
  • strengthen the international competitiveness of the economy, particularly in the area of innovation.

The North District has three health and education precincts:

  • St Leonards, which contains Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Frenchs Forest, through the $600 million Northern Beaches Hospital, due to open in 2018
  • Macquarie Park, including Macquarie University, a hospital and a high-tech industrial employment hub.

These three health and education precincts are also classified as strategic centres. Planning Priority N10 outlines the generic actions for growing investment, business and jobs opportunities in strategic centres. This Planning Priority outlines the centre-specific actions for the District’s health and education precincts, together with generic health and education actions.

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Figure 16: Maturity Pathway for health and education precincts
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As outlined in A Metropolis of Three Cities, the evolution of health and education precincts follow a Maturity Pathway14. As precincts evolve, the economic productivity of the precinct increases substantially. This corresponds to three general models, which become progressively more complex: Clusters, Precincts and Innovation Districts (refer to Figure 16).

The Frenchs Forest health and education precinct currently corresponds to the Cluster model. The St Leonards health and education precinct is further along the Maturity Pathway at the Precinct stage. There will need to be tailored responses along the Maturity Pathway based on what is already in place and what is required in the short, medium and long term. To be truly internationally competitive and achieve sufficient critical mass, it is not expected that all precincts should, or will be able to, develop into an Innovation District.

Housing location and choice for key workers and students are important considerations, and in this regard are considered economic infrastructure.

Macquarie Park

The strategic centre of Macquarie Park is a health and education precinct. The centre contains Macquarie University and Macquarie University Hospital. Macquarie Hospital and CSIRO Lindfield are nearby.

Macquarie Park is the largest non-CBD office market in Australia with 854,254 square metres of office floor space (January 2014) and continues to develop. It has grown as a major centre for knowledge-intensive employment and now accounts for one-third of jobs in the centre15.

In 2016, the centre was estimated to include approximately 58,500 jobs. Wholesale trade, professional, scientific and technical services and information, media and telecommunications are significant employment sectors in the centre. Maintaining a high quality commercial core will allow continued growth of the precinct as a major employment hub16.

The centre includes Macquarie Centre shopping precinct and is serviced by three train stations with links to Chatswood and Epping and local and regional bus services. The potential for improved future connections with Parramatta and the District’s other strategic centres including Frenchs Forest would present further opportunities in the area.

Transport for NSW has plans to upgrade transport services within the area. These include:

  • faster and more efficient interchanges between buses, trains and taxis
  • provision of continuous kerbside bus lanes along Herring Road (between Ivanhoe Place and Waterloo Road), Waterloo Road (between Cottonwood Crescent and Lane Cove Road), and southbound on Lane Cove Road (between Waterloo Road and Epping Road); and
  • intersection upgrades.

Stage 1 of these works started late in 2017 and will be completed before the rail conversion shutdown in late 2018. Stage 2 improvement works will commence after Metro Rail commences operation in 2019.

Macquarie Park is identified as a place where the Greater Sydney Commission will chair the collaboration process, given its important health and education uses.

It is an Urban Renewal Area including Macquarie University (Herring Road) Precinct, North Ryde Station Precinct and Macquarie Park Investigation Area.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is leading planning in this area, in collaboration with the Commission, City of Ryde Council, NSW Health, Macquarie University, Macquarie Centre, Transport for NSW, NSW Roads and Maritime Services, and Department of Industry.

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An aerial image of Macquarie Park showing the principal areas containing jobs and services.

Data sources: Public open space - Sydney Open Space Audit (DPE 2016), Aerial Photo - Nearmap 2018

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Macquarie Park Jobs
2016 Estimate 58,500
2036 Baseline Target 73,000
2036 Higher Target 79,000

St Leonards

The strategic centre of St Leonards is a health and education precinct. St Leonards has a range of significant metropolitan health and education assets, including the Royal North Shore Hospital, North Shore Private Hospital and TAFE NSW St Leonards campus.

There is potential to leverage the Royal North Shore public and private hospitals and the Mater Hospital to grow jobs in complementary health services and existing education facilities.

St Leonards is a mixed-use centre with high-rise offices, and high density residential development. The Artarmon employment area is a highly productive industrial area with a very low vacancy rate17.

A vibrant restaurant and retail strip is located along Willoughby Road, Crows Nest which provides a vibrant night-time economy.

The area is well served by public transport with St Leonards Station and nearby Artarmon Station. The importance of the precinct as a key employment centre in Greater Sydney combined with the new Sydney Metro station proposed at Crows Nest, presents an opportunity for renewal and activation.

St Leonards is identified as a place where the Greater Sydney Commission will chair the collaboration process given its important health and education uses.

St Leonards-Crows Nest is a Planned Precinct with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment leading planning in this area, in collaboration with the Commission, North Sydney, Willoughby and Lane Cove councils, NSW Health, Transport for NSW, NSW Roads and Maritime Services, Department of Industry and TAFE NSW.

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An aerial image of St Leonards showing the principal areas containing jobs and services.

Data sources: Public open space - Sydney Open Space Audit (DPE 2016),  Aerial Photo - Nearmap 2018

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St Leonards Jobs
2016 Estimate 47,100
2036 Baseline Target 54,000
2036 Higher Target 63,500

Frenchs Forest

The strategic centre of Frenchs Forest is a health and education precinct. The Northern Beaches Hospital development will anchor a new health and education precinct for the North District and Greater Sydney. The hospital is due to be completed in 2018 and will provide knowledge-intensive jobs, innovation and service delivery. The NSW Government is upgrading roads around the new Northern Beaches Hospital.

The new hospital and improved transport links will be a catalyst for revitalisation of the area and the creation of a vibrant town centre with new homes and jobs.

Frenchs Forest is identified as a place where the Greater Sydney Commission will chair the collaboration process, given the important health uses that are proposed.

Frenchs Forest is a Planned Precinct with the NSW Department of Planning leading planning of the area in collaboration with the Commission, NSW Health, NSW Department of Education, Transport for NSW and NSW Roads and Maritime Services.

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An aerial image of Frenchs Forest showing the principal areas containing jobs and services.

Data sources: Public open space - Sydney Open Space Audit (DPE 2016),  Aerial Photo - Nearmap 2018

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Frenchs Forest Jobs
2016 Estimate 9,300
2036 Baseline Target 12,000
2036 Higher Target 13,000
Actions
Responsibility
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Facilitate health and education precincts that:

a. create the conditions for the continued co-location of health and education facilities, and services to support the precinct and growth of the precincts
b. have high levels of accessibility
c. attract associated businesses, industries and commercialisation of research
d. include housing opportunities for students and workers within 30 minutes of the precinct.

Councils other planning authorities, and State agencies
 

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Deliver and implement a Place Strategy and Infrastructure Plan for the Frenchs Forest health and education precinct.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment, State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Health and Northern Beaches Council

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Deliver and implement a Place Strategy and Infrastructure Plan for the St Leonards health and education precinct.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment, State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Health, Lane Cove Council, North Sydney Council and Willoughby City Council

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Deliver and implement a Place Strategy and Infrastructure Plan for the Macquarie Park health and education precinct.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment, State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Health and City of Ryde Council

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Strengthen Macquarie Park through approaches that:

a. enable additional capacity for commercial floor space and maintain a commercial core
b. improve urban amenity as the centre transitions from business park to a vibrant commercial centre, including reducing the impact of vehicle movements on pedestrian and cyclist accessibility
c. deliver a finer grain road network to enhance pedestrian connections and provide new access points
d. promote design excellence in urban design by upgrading public areas
e. deliver an innovation ecosystem in Macquarie Park, capitalising on the relationship with Macquarie University and nearby high-tech and medical corporations
f. improve public transport connections to Parramatta and the District’s other strategic centres, including the Northern Beaches Hospital.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment, State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Health and City of Ryde Council

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Strengthen St Leonards through approaches that:

a. leverage the new Sydney Metro Station at Crows Nest to deliver additional employment capacity
b. grow jobs in the centre
c. reduce the impact of vehicle movements on pedestrian and cyclist accessibility
d. protect and enhance Willoughby Road’s village character and retail/ restaurant strip
e. deliver new high quality open space, upgrade public areas, and establish collaborative place-making initiatives
f. promote synergies between the Royal North Shore Hospital and other health and education-related activities, in partnership with NSW Health
g. retain and manage the adjoining industrial zoned land for a range of urban services.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment, State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Health, Lane Cove Council, North Sydney Council and Willoughby City Council

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Strengthen Frenchs Forest through approaches that:

a. leverage the investment in the Northern Beaches Hospital to provide a vibrant and well-connected strategic centre
b. deliver an urban core with a mix of commercial and residential uses, open space and community facilities
c. provide new housing, including affordable housing
d. encourage walkability and cycling within the precinct
e. enhance the natural setting of the area by embellishing existing open space
f. attract new, innovative health and medical related commercial premises to support the hospital
g. reinforce the centre as an employment hub for the Northern Beaches, building on the existing business park east of the Wakehurst Parkway
h. continue to investigate a high frequency public transport link, in partnership with State agencies.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment, State agencies, Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Health and Northern Beaches Council

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