Eastern Suburbs Sydney
Randwick: Making sense of proposals for Racecourse, Inglis Newmarket and Health & Education Centre
On a number of occasions Randwick residents have expressed their confusion to me concerning a number of large projects that are located close by one another and appear to be connected but have different approval rules and different consent authorities. In response to these concerns I have prepared the following outline. It cannot be detailed but I trust it is accurate - to the extent the complexity will allow in a short piece - and that it will go some way to helping residents make sense of these matters. Links are included. In the comments others may like to add detail.
There are three key locations in Randwick in which changes are being proposed. In order of likely decision they are:
1. Randwick Racecourse (bounded by Alison, Wansey, High and Doncaster/old tramway land) 2.Inglis Newmarket complex (5 hectares bounded by Barker, Randwick Girls' & Boys' High Schools, Rainbow St Public School/Paine Reserve, Young St, Botany St) 3.Randwick Education and Health Specialised Centre (an area with a 1km radius that includes UNSW, Prince of Wales Hospital and Randwick Racecourse).
1. Randwick Racecourse proposals Currently two applications for development by the Properties Manager for the Australian Jockey Club (99 year lease renewed in 2008) and signed, as owners, by Paul Whelan and Ken Murray, Trustees of this Crown land, have been lodged with the Minister for Planning, Tony Kelly under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. These applications qualify for Part 3A by way of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Development) 2005 in which "Tourism and recreation facilities" include "Major sporting facilities" criteria which requires that a development proposal "has a capital value of more than $30 million" (at 6:15:(2)(a)) . The two applications were each exhibited for the requisite one month late in 2010, in which period public submissions were received. They are now at the "Assessment" stage awaiting the Minister's determination. You can view the details at MP10_0098 - Project Application for construction of new stable facilities MP10_0097 - Refurbishment of Spectator Precinct
These two proposals being considered by the Planning Minister under Part 3A, will not be considered by Randwick Council.
Trackside electronic racing wagering technology is predicted to reduce returns in the traditional horse racing industry. It is believed that the AJC wants to increase returns from Randwick Racecourse by diversifying and intensifying uses of the site.
These "infrastructure improvements"are to be funded by $150 million from Tabcorp. In return, "the Government will provide Tabcorp with exclusive operation of Trackside through TAB outlets until 2097. Trackside is "a computer-generated simulated racing game that operates in Victoria" ... that has been reclassified as part of this process as a "wagering product" in NSW expected to turnover $230 million by its third year of operation. Additionally the Government agrees to provide " a wagering tax-free threshold of up to $5 million per year until the end of the 2033-34 financial year." (Australian Jockey and Sydney Turf Clubs Merger Bill and Totalizator Amendment Bill 2010, Agreement in Principle Speech, Mr David Harris, Parliamentary Secretary, Hansard http ://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/... )
In terms of impact, the presentations by the consultants for the AJC outlined the following- in summary:
The developments relate to a change of purpose for the racecourse. The intention is to see the facility become a year-round entertainment venue. New Stable facilities for 600 horses are proposed to be built along Wansey St in the North-eastern corner of the Racecourse site. As well as two-storey stables, accommodation for staff is proposed for above each of the stable buildings. Vehicular entrances will be on both Wansey St and on Anzac Parade. Horses currently stabled behind Kensington Public School by Gai Waterhouse are expected to be included in this new stabling facility along with all of those horses currently stabled on racecourse land along High St (valued at $37.5 million). The Spectator precinct proposal doubles the capacity of the current grandstand at the current height. A new "Theatre of the Horse", an outdoor open air stadium seating 4500, is proposed to be built near the western boundary. Demolition of the heritage listed Teahouse and Betting Pavilion is proposed (valued at $131 million).
No masterplan for Randwick Racecourse has been prepared and placed on the public record.
2. Inglis Newmarket After 90 years on this Newmarket site the horse sales function will relocate to Warwick Farm. A "revitalisation project" is proposed for the site. http://talknewmarket.com.au/images/Randw... "Newmarket will provide a range of housing types, mixed with distinctive parks and public domain elements..." Approximately 800 dwellings are expected to be built. Building heights are proposed to range from 2-9 storeys: 2-3 storeys near existing housing, 6 storeys adjacent to the High Schools, up to 9 storeys along Barker opposite the hospital. To do so the land must be rezoned, amending the current Randwick Local Environment Plan, from Residential A (low density) to Residential Zone 2D allowing mixed density housing as well as commercial and community uses as well as adaptive reuse of heritage buildings. The process July 2010:Randwick Council consented to send the rezoning proposal to the Minister for Planning August 2010: The Minister issued a "Gateway" determination which supports the proposal to the extent that it asks the proponents to undertake a number of technical studies before the plans go on public exhibition. The studies are now complete. A masterplan with development controls is being drafted. The next step will be stakeholder, agency and community consultations. Submissions will go to Council. It is expected that this consultation phase will occur in 2011. When Council considers these it can decide not to approve the plan or to change the plan. In those cases the masterplan will go back to the Planning Minister. If Council supports the masterplan and controls the Department of Planning considers endorsement and the Local Environment Plan is changed. This process for "spot" rezoning is being conducted under the current Randwick Local Environment Plan. This is a different process from the rezoning proposals occurring as part of the development of a new Draft Local Environment Plan.
3.Randwick Education and Health Specialised Centre (REHSC) The 89 page RHESC Discussion Paper is in a process of consultation now until the end of March 2011. http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/Your_Coun... It is one of six discussion papers proposing changes to zoning codes in response to NSW Planning requirements aimed giving uniformity to zoning codes across the state under a template known as the Comprehensive Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan, a process all Councils are attending to. This process will change zoning criteria across the Local Government Area. Look at the Standard Instrument in this link. The Zones are different. http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/Your_Coun... The first step in this rezoning/redevelopment process is a Discussion Paper. The REHSC is the third of 6 such activity centres redevelopment proposals. The rest will be made public during 2011. The consultation process happening now will help Council to reshape the proposals. In response to residents' concerns the Mayor Murray Matson has already agreed to reduce the heights preventing 7-8 storey buildings and has closed off the option of access routes across high school land. Once these proposals are amended, similarly to the Inglis proposal above, new zones and development controls will be drafted into a new Draft Local Environment Plan. This will then come back to the community for consultation before it is finalised, creating new rules for development in Randwick Local Government Area.
The area covered by the REHS Centre includes the Inglis area but doesn't propose to rezone it because, it is assumed, the rezoning will already have been done through the process outlined above in 2. The area also includes Randwick Racecourse but it doesn't need to mention the Part 3A applications currently with the Minister because, it is expected that these will be approved well before this.
Links immediately above include mention of the East Subregional Strategy. Under Planning Minister Sartor (2005) it suggested a targeted increase of 25000 jobs for the East including 2200 for the REHSC by 2031. REHSC along with Sydney Airport and Port Botany are seen as forming part of a Global Economic Corridor. REHSC was mooted as part of this strategy and refers to the UNSW Masterplan 2005 aimed at strengthening its research role. http://www.metrostrategy.nsw.gov.au/Link... The dwellings growth target for the whole Randwick LGA was 8400 by 2031 No housing appears to be suggested for the Racecourse site on the East Subregional Strategy in 2005 unlike in the Discussion Paper, 2010.
4.Summary & Timelines These three separate planning sites/processes are cumulative. This summary covers information that is available at January 2011. Information about the detail of what might be intended for the south-western corner of the racecourse - determined as "university uses and residential" is hard to know at this stage. Each of the three proposals above is generated by a mix of intentions and each has a separate timeline. The Racecourse proposals are beyond community input at this stage. As far as those with potential for scheduled community input the first to close will be the REHSC Discussion Paper - March 31, 2011. Next will be the rezoning Masterplan of Inglis Newmarket site. Watch out for three more council Discussion Papers this year - Town Centres/Commercial, Open Spaces/Environment and Residential. And finally, the Comprehensive Draft Local Environment Plan, to be developed after all of the Discussion Papers have been issued and submissions received, will be on display for community submissions late 2011 according to a recent flyer accompanying rate notices.
Well that's how I understand it. Hope that's a help.