Urban Planning Documents

There are a number of plans and policies which City of Newcastle (CN) uses when making decisions on future development. Some policies are prepared by the NSW State Government and can be viewed on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.

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Planning Documents

The Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) is our 20-year land use vision and identifies how we will sustainably manage the growth and change of our City. The LSPS gives effect to the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 and Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036, implements priorities from our Community Strategic Plan, Newcastle 2030 and brings together land use planning actions in other adopted strategies.

The LSPS will inform changes to the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012Newcastle Development Control Plan 2012 and other land use strategies.

The LSPS is accompanied by an LSPS Implementation Plan that identifies a program for the delivery of each of the planning priorities and actions. The Implementation Plan will be reviewed every 12 months as actions are completed and to reflect changes in Federal, State or Local priorities as well as resources and budgets.

The Local Housing Strategy 2020 sets a vision for the provision of housing across the Newcastle Local Government Area over the next 20 years.

The Local Housing Strategy considers housing in the context of affordability, accessibility and sustainability and will inform a future review of the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012 and Newcastle Development Control Plan 2012.

The Local Housing Strategy:

  • provides a history of housing supply and the different eras of housing development in Newcastle
  • identifies the key drivers for housing supply and demand
  • outlines the 20-year population projections and housing needs for Newcastle
  • sets the priorities for the provision of housing for the next 20 years.

Local Housing Strategy (PDF)

Housing Game

Challenge your understanding of our changing city by playing The House we Build, a pilot project with the University of Newcastle. 

As the number of people needing houses goes up, low density dwellings will need to be replaced with dwellings that can house more people. It is difficult to house more people in existing neighbourhoods while maintaining amenity or happiness.  To maintain happiness community and recreational facilities need to be provided. In the Housing Game, residents’ happiness is reflected in the colour on each tile, the happiness legend is shown in the bottom left-hand side of the screen. 

The goal of the game is to house the people moving into the area while achieving the highest global happiness score.

How to play the game
The game board is a series of tiles showing different types of buildings. To change what is on a tile click “remove” and then click all the buildings you’d like to take out. Then click “cancel”. Once these have been removed there will be space for new residential buildings or facilities to go in. Click on the building type you would like to add, then click on all the tiles where you would like this to go. Right click when you are finished placing this type of building. You can then select another building to add to the board.  

As time progresses and more people move to the city, the residential density will have to keep increasing and facilities be provided for these new residents, otherwise your global happiness score will drop and you’ll start to see a lot of red (upset) residents on the board!

Housing Game 

The Employment Lands Strategy was updated by SGS Economics and Planning in 2019 to provide an up-to-date evidence base to inform the new Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS).  This update will inform the planning of employment generating lands including all land with an industrial, business or special activities zone) in the Newcastle LGA.

City of Newcastle and Port Stephens Council have identified the need for this Strategy to guide development in Fern Bay and North Stockton for the next 20 years.

The Strategy area includes land within the City of Newcastle (North Stockton) and Port Stephens (Fern Bay and Fullerton Cove) local government areas.

The structure of the Strategy is:

  • Part A provides context for the Strategy.
  • Part B provides an overview of the goals for the area as informed by community aspirations.
  • Part C lists principles to inform future planning when land is rezoned.
  • Part D details the outcomes for each of the six precincts in the Strategy area with specific actions to achieve the goals.

Key Documents

The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 is the NSW government's plan to guide land use planning and infrastructure priorities and decisions over the next 20 years. The plan identifies regionally important natural resources, transport networks and social infrastructure and provides a framework to guide more detailed land use plans, development proposals and infrastructure funding decisions.  The plan includes overarching directions, goals and actions as well as specific priorities for each local government area in the Hunter region. 

Preparation of a Community Participation Plan is a legislative requirement under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act 1979). Our CPP is now operational. It covers how and when the City of Newcastle will engage with the community across the planning functions it performs under the EP&A Act 1979.  Planning functions include plan making and making decisions on proposed development. Please refer to the plan for revised participation requirements.

The Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 was launched on 17 September 2018 by the Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts MP. The Plan sets out strategies and actions across Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle and Port Stephens Local Government Areas, which together make up Greater Newcastle. The Plan accompanies the vision set in the Hunter Regional Plan 2036.

The plan's vision sees Greater Newcastle as an emerging economic and lifestyle city, with outcomes focused on a skilled workforce, environmental resilience, diverse housing and improved connections.

The Wickham Masterplan sets the 'Vision' of how Wickham may redevelop from a post-industrial suburb at the fringe into a mixed-use urban neighbourhood supporting the emerging commercial core of the Newcastle City Centre in Newcastle West.   

The masterplan identifies strategies and actions for City of Newcastle to implement that address the opportunities and challenges identified through extensive background investigation and consultation with key stakeholders.

Council adopted the Wickham Masterplan 2017 on 28 November 2017.

Following ongoing monitoring and review of its implementation, identification of further challenges, and engagement with the local community the City of Newcastle prepared the Wickham Masterplan 2021 Update, which Council adopted by on 28 September 2021.