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Former Manly Hospital Site

In October 2018, Manly Hospital was closed, all patients and services were relocated to the new Northern Beaches Hospital (NBH).

In November 2018 the NSW Government announced that an Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice (AYAH) would be located on a portion of the Site.

About the proposal

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is working collaboratively with the Project Steering Advisory Committee (PSAC), incorporating NSW Health, the Northern Sydney Local Health District and community stakeholders, to develop a concept master plan for future uses for the Site.

The concept master plan focuses on delivering health and wellbeing-related uses, a mix of open and community spaces, neighbourhood-scale shops, food and drink offerings, and developing an adaptive re-use strategy for the existing heritage buildings.

The NSW Government appointed Cox Architecture as the lead consultant to assist the Department in developing the future uses concept master plan, in accordance with the agreed guiding principles and vision statement which were developed in consultation with key stakeholders and the community.

September 2020 Project Update

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and COX Architecture have prepared a draft concept master plan for the Site informed by the guiding principles, outcomes of the community consultation (September 2019), environmental and specialist investigations and market sounding exercises. The draft concept master plan was published on the project website for further community feedback which closed on 6 September 2020.

An online webinar is scheduled for Monday 21 September 2020 5:00 pm to 5:45pm including a presentation of the draft concept master plan and an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed future use of the site.  

To register for the webinar, please visit the following link:

We encourage everyone to register their email address for future updates.  

Next Steps

A planning proposal in relation to the land is expected to be submitted in Q3 2020.

The planning proposal will seek to expand the range of uses permitted at the site in order to enable the master planning process to formally commence with Northern Beaches Council later in the year (Q4). The planning proposal is required as the current zoning of the site under the Manly Local Environmental Plan limits its use to a ‘health services facility’ which includes the following uses:

  • a medical centre,
  • community health service facilities,
  • health consulting rooms,
  • patient transport facilities, including helipads and ambulance facilities,
  • hospital.

As such, this zoning is required to be amended to facilitate those additional health, wellbeing, and related uses shown below:

  • Restaurant or café
  • Neighbourhood shop
  • Seniors housing
  • Educational establishment
  • Community facility and Function centre (event facility)
  • Group homes
  • Centre-based child care facility
  • Recreation facility (indoor)

While the planning proposal progresses, the concept master plan will be further refined in response to community and stakeholder feedback.

Following this feedback and endorsement of the planning proposal from the Council being received, it is then intended to undertake formal site master planning.

This would involve the preparation of a site-specific Development Control Plan (DCP) in accordance with the requirements of the Manly Local Environmental Plan.

The site-specific DCP would include built form controls which manage height, bulk and scale, as well as requirements relating to environmental and heritage matters of importance to the site.

The site-specific DCP is required to be lodged with the Northern Beaches Council at which point the community will also have the opportunity to provide further formal feedback.

An indicative timeline for the project can be found here.

Project objective

Vision Statement

“A vibrant health and wellbeing sanctuary which welcomes and supports the needs of the local and wider community – achieved through innovation and balance”.

Guiding Principles

  1. The community will have continued access to the Site for social/recreation activities and use of public/private services.
  2. The rainforest area will be permanently reserved.
  3. The services developed on the Site will contribute to the health, wellbeing and care of the community.
  4. The services provided from the Site’s uses will address a defined community need for which there are tangible and ongoing benefits.
  5. A diverse range of services and partnerships will be pursued which leverage the greatest collective value for the community.
  6. The services and infrastructure proposals for the site must demonstrate financial sustainability.

Community Consultation

Community consultation was undertaken in August and September 2019 which identified key themes to inform the draft concept master plan.

The outcomes report and the PSAC presentation can be found at the links below:

Further community consultation is now being undertaken to seek feedback on the draft concept master plan prior to lodging the planning proposal with the Council for approval.  

The draft concept master plan and artist impressions can be viewed below: