Hammondcare has been given the go-ahead for a $141.5 million integrated health campus in northern Sydney from the state’s Independent Planning Commission.
The plans show a new 150-bed hospital building, respite care facility, two seniors living buildings and 329 car parking spaces on the 3.6-hectare River Road site.
The concept approval includes demolishing all existing buildings on the ageing Greenwich Hospital site, except for the heritage-listed Pallister House.
The new campus will feature specialised health services for seniors and people with complex needs including palliative care, rehabilitation, dementia care and mental health treatment .
The state-significant development was approved by the NSW government but was forwarded to the commission because it received 50 public submissions and an objection from Lane Cove Council.
IPC commissioners Peter Duncan and Adrian Pilton gave concept approval for the plans however further detailed consent is required before any works can be carried out.
“The commission agrees with the department’s findings,” the IPC concluded.
“The proposed integrated hospital and seniors living development is strategically justified and is in the public interest, and that the identified impacts can be appropriately managed through the conditions of consent imposed, and through the subsequent detailed application.”
Conditions on the approval limit the maximum building heights on the site, scale of the development and restrict the occupancy of the accommodation buildings exclusively to seniors, people with a disability and staff.
Hammondcare chief executive Mike Baird said the Greenwich Health Campus will be a valuable addition to Sydney’s health infrastructure.
“This integrated and contemporary health facility will enable us to provide more care for people in need as demand increases in Northern Sydney, especially among older people,” Baird said.
“I want to thank the communities of Greenwich and Northwood as well as Lane Cove Council for their valuable feedback that has improved the concept.”
Depending on final planning approval, a staged construction program may began in mid-2022 with completion expected in 2027.