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Revised Draft North District Plan

The revised draft North District Plan provides a 20-year plan to manage growth and achieve the 40-year vision, while enhancing Greater Sydney’s liveability, productivity and sustainability into the future.

24 Liveability

24 Liveability Planning Priority N3 Providing services and social infrastructure to meet people’s changing needs In giving effect to the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan, this Planning Priority delivers on Objective 6: Services and infrastructure meet communities’ changing needs and the corresponding strategies. As the District’s population grows, major demographic changes are also occurring. Planning must recognise the changing composition of population groups in local places and provide services and social infrastructure that meet the changes in people’s needs through different stages of life. This requires integrated planning and collaboration. This includes considering both the provision of services and the overall outcomes for the community and intergenerational equity. Population projections and age profiles show distinct differences where specific demographic groups will live in the North District (refer to Figures 6 and 7). The greatest increase in population is expected in Ryde Local Government Area (51,700 over the 20 years to 2036) due to the anticipated urban renewal in the area and the strong growth in all age groups. In comparison, slower growth is projected in Mosman and Hunter’s Hill local government areas (a six per cent and nine per cent per cent increase respectively) which will see a decline in children 0–4 years of six per cent and seven per cent respectively (over the 20 years to 2036). Growth increases demand on existing services and infrastructure, particularly sport and recreation facilities that are, in some cases, at or nearing capacity. Residents need the right local mix of services, programs and social infrastructure at the heart of walkable neighbourhoods to support them to live socially connected, active and healthy lives. This includes co-located schools, health services, aged care, community and cultural facilities, parks and recreation facilities, and accessible walking and cycling connections. Improving safety, accessibility and inclusion by colocating activities benefits all residents and visitors. It supports a fine grain urban form and land use mix which provides greater diversity of uses and users and thereby improves liveability. Creating opportunities for increased shared use and more flexible use of underutilised facilities such as schools, sports facilities, church halls and creative spaces can support growth and respond to the different needs of local demographic groups. Multipurpose and intergenerational facilities are the key to better use of, and access to, infrastructure in new developments and is essential in land release areas. Integrated and targeted delivery of services and infrastructure is needed to support growth. Publicly owned land, including social housing in renewal precincts, may provide opportunities to optimise the co-location of social infrastructure and mixed uses at the heart of neighbourhoods. Integrated and targeted delivery of services and infrastructure is needed to support growth and respond to the different needs of population groups. Accessible local health services and regional health infrastructure such as hospitals are important for all people across the District. Northern Sydney Local Health District focuses on delivering healthy communities through local health services including community health services, obesity prevention and promotion of the benefits of a healthy built environment (refer to Planning Priority N4). Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan

25 Children and young people Over the 20 years to 2036 projections show an expected increase of 6,150 children aged four years or younger, with more than half of this growth in Ryde and Ku-ring-gai local government areas. Planning for early education and child care facilities requires innovative approaches to the use of land and floor space, including co-location with compatible uses such as primary schools and office buildings, close to transport facilities. The NSW Department of Education estimates an extra 21,900 students will need to be accommodated in both government and non-government schools in the North District by 2036, a 20 per cent increase. Growth is projected to be greatest in Ryde (8,160), Ku-ring-gai (5,733), Northern Beaches (3,454) and Hornsby (2,120) local government areas. Schools play an important role in creating and supporting inclusive and vibrant neighbourhoods. Planning for new schools, and use of existing schools, must respond to demand in innovative ways such as more efficient use of land, contemporary design, greater sharing of spaces and facilities, and flexible learning spaces. Safe walking and cycling links to schools maximises opportunities for young people to lead more active lifestyles. Education and Child Care SEPP State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 makes it easier for child care providers, schools, TAFEs and universities to build new facilities and improve existing facilities. It streamlines approval processes recognising the need for additional educational infrastructure with a focus on good design. The accompanying Child Care Planning Guideline assists in matters such as site selection, location and building design to meet national requirements for child care. The NSW Department of Education’s School Assets Strategic Plan sets the direction and framework for the future of school infrastructure. School Infrastructure NSW, a new specialist unit within the Department, will undertake school community planning and deliver the education infrastructure program, working with other State agencies and groups to develop schools as community hubs. Figure 6: North District projected population change 2016 to 2036 by local government area: 0–4, 5–19 and 20–24 years Source: NSW Department of Planning and Environment, 2016 New South Wales State and Local Government Area Household Projections and Implied Dwelling Requirements 2016 to 2036, NSW Government, Sydney. Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan