Proposed changes to planning controls for the Sydney Metro Hunter Street development

Project Status: Closed

Public consultation period to
Artist impression of Hunter Street Richard Johnson Square Podium

What we’re doing

The proposed changes will allow for the development of new office towers that will integrate with the future Sydney Metro West Hunter Street station, including the adaptive reuse of the former Skinner Family Hotel state heritage building.

The new over station development will add business and employment generating floorspace to central Sydney, support an improved public domain through greater retail frontages including an expanded Richard Johnson Square and align with future pedestrianisation projects.

This planning proposal is consistent with the Central Sydney planning strategy, which allows increased building density and heights in suitable locations while protecting public spaces. These changes support future productivity and economic growth in central Sydney.

Draft design guidelines accompany the planning proposal and provide further guidance to ensure the future development will include  comfortable public domain wind and daylight conditions, high-quality pedestrian upgrades, connections to adjoining sites, and heritage interpretation and public art.

The draft planning agreement includes the timing for payment of monetary contributions for new infrastructure in central Sydney and a commitment to best practice environmentally sustainability initiatives.

This planning proposal is being concurrently exhibited with the 2 concept state significant development applications for the over station development being assessed by the Department of Planning and Environment.

Hunter Street is subject to multiple planning approval pathways. The following environmental assessment processes apply: 1. CSSI Scope - Major civil construction works including station excavation and tunneling between The Bays and Sydney CBD; Tunnel fit out, construction of stations, ancillary facilities and station precincts, and operation and maintenance of the Sydney Metro West line. 2. Planning Proposal request - To amend Sydney LEP to establish permissibility of a future over station development integrated with the Hunter Street Station. The changes seek to amend built form controls to facilitate an alternate building envelope to deliver commercial towers. 3. Future Concept SSDA - The development consent for a detailed design will be subject of a future Concept SSDA and future Detailed SSDA.

Documents relating to the Hunter Street metro over station development

FAQ – Hunter Street Planning Proposal and SSDAsPDF · 154.62 KB · Last modified
Draft Voluntary Planning Agreement – east sitePDF · 491.79 KB · Last modified
Draft Voluntary Planning Agreement – west sitePDF · 458.89 KB · Last modified
Explanatory Note VPA – Sydney Metro Hunter Street – east sitePDF · 123.68 KB · Last modified
Explanatory Note VPA – Sydney Metro Hunter Street – west sitePDF · 125.03 KB · Last modified

These documents provide background to the proposal

Planning Proposal Request as prepared by Sydney MetroPDF · 8.81 MB · Last modified
Appendix A – Draft Design Guidelines as prepared by Sydney MetroPDF · 16.66 MB · Last modified
Appendix B – Envelope and Reference Design DrawingsPDF · 13.22 MB · Last modified
Appendix C – Urban Design and Indicative Built Form ReportPDF · 149.45 MB · Last modified
Appendix D – Hunter Street Planning Proposal MapPDF · 428.51 KB · Last modified
Appendix E – Transport and Accessibility Impact AssessmentPDF · 2.44 MB · Last modified
Appendix F – Heritage Impact AssessmentPDF · 10.47 MB · Last modified
Appendix G – Preliminary Flooding ReportPDF · 22.49 MB · Last modified
Appendix H – Pedestrian Wind Impact AssessmentPDF · 6.29 MB · Last modified
Appendix I – Ecologically Sustainable Development ReportPDF · 8.97 MB · Last modified
Appendix J – Geotechnical and Contamination AssessmentPDF · 1.3 MB · Last modified
Appendix K – Visual Impact AssessmentPDF · 12.55 MB · Last modified
Appendix L – Utilities and Infrastructure Servicing AssessmentPDF · 23.67 MB · Last modified
Appendix M – Rail Impact AssessmentPDF · 1.1 MB · Last modified
Appendix N – Aeronautical Impact AssessmentPDF · 2.44 MB · Last modified
Appendix O – Economic Impact AssessmentPDF · 1.76 MB · Last modified
Appendix P – Waste Management StrategyPDF · 2.03 MB · Last modified

Next steps

After the exhibition period, we’ll consider all feedback and report the results to Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee.

If Council approves this planning proposal after public exhibition, the Minister for Planning and Homes will be responsible for amending Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012. The draft planning agreement would be finalised by Council.

How you can give feedback

Consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 30 January 2023.

Other ways you can give feedback

Sydney Metro community information sessions

The applicant, Sydney Metro, is running 2 drop-in community information sessions on 15 December 2022 to provide further information about the project and Hunter Street station.

  • Session 1: 11am–2pm
  • Session 2: 3pm–6pm

Location: Auctionworks, Mezzanine level, 50 Margaret Street

For more information, visit the Sydney Metro website.

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