Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Willoughby Council says hands off our hospital

Willoughby City Council says it will write to the Premier of NSW and other key ministers requesting the state government cease its proposal to develop the Herbert St Precinct at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) and instead preserve the land for future hospital growth.

The NSW Government is proposing to develop a 45-storey mixed use development at the Royal North Shore Hospital site fronting Herbert Street to the east and adjoining Reserve Road to the west. The development proposes up to 500 apartments, commercial office, retail, short term accommodation and a new school.

“Council’s concerns include the bulk and scale of the buy-to-rent tower, overshadowing of and loss of view from the nearby residential development and public open space areas,” it said in a statement.

“Council questions how the proposal fits within the context of building heights envisaged in the St Leonards Crows Nest 2036 Plan and the degree of variation with the 2007 RNSH Concept Plan.

“The development would also impact the five original hospital buildings marked as local significant heritage items on the site.”

Council said it will also seek a commitment that any future development of RNSH land is used for patient-related health care.

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