Plans Lodged for Gosford Revitalisation

Executive Director Government Property NSW Leon Walker today announced the Government has submitted a Development Application (DA) to Gosford City Council for a proposed mixed used commercial building to be located at 20 Mann Street, Gosford.

Earlier this month the Government announced that more than 300 public service roles from the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) will relocate to Gosford in 2018, to be accommodated in an A grade building to be constructed on a portion of the Mann Street site.

Aside from the 300+ DFSI jobs, the development is expected to create 90 direct construction jobs, 30 jobs in the design and planning stages and more than 330 ongoing indirect jobs.

The DA, submitted on Monday 18 April, includes a new six storey, 7,000sqm mixed-use building, with an active street front and ground floor alfresco dining – the first part of a broader plan that will seek to open the Mann Street site to a mix of uses accessible by locals and tourists, including dining, residential, retail, accommodation, parking and public open spaces.

Mr Walker said the DA lodgement would give Gosford locals an opportunity for a closer look at the first step in the Government’s plan for the site.

“With the DA lodgement today, we are starting a process that will give the local economy a real boost, deliver hundreds of jobs to the Gosford CBD, and lay the foundations to revitalise the CBD and bring the Gosford waterfront to life,” Mr Walker said.

“This important development has already generated significant interest, and we are committed to taking local feedback on board, and giving the Gosford community every opportunity to better understand the plan for the site,” he said.

Government Property NSW (GPNSW) is engaging in ongoing consultation with community groups and organisations. Information about the development will also be posted on the GPNSW website and the community will have the opportunity to comment on the proposal when it is placed on public exhibition by Gosford City Council. 

The Government will also hold a community drop-in day, with details to be advertised in the local media and on GPNSW’s website closer to the date.

The DA will be assessed against the normal planning criteria, just like any other development, with Gosford City Council assessing the application and the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) being the responsible determining authority.

The timeframe for assessment will depend on Gosford City Council, though it is expected that the DA will be determined by the end of 2016.

An Expressions of Interest (EOI) process for the Government to secure a development partner is expected to be released in May 2016. The EOI will seek a development partner for the mixed use building in the DA, together with the future development of the remaining 1.1 hectares.

Construction of the new DFSI building is expected to be completed by mid-2018, with the relocation of DFSI staff to follow.