Draft Double Bay Centre Planning & Urban Design Strategy

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Artists impression of BayStreet streetscape

Have your say on the future of the Double Bay Centre

Exhibition period extended until Friday 27 May 2022

Woollahra Council invites your feedback on the Draft Double Bay Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy, a document that if adopted by Council will guide future development in the Double Bay Centre.

The Double Bay Centre is renowned for its village character, vibrant outdoor dining, and diverse mix of local businesses. Its proximity to Sydney Harbour and Edgecliff train station make it an attractive place for people to live, work, and visit.

The Centre is currently going through a built form transition. The purpose of the planning and urban design strategy is to ensure that this transition occurs in a coordinated way that reinforces Double Bay’s village character.

The draft strategy has been informed by extensive three-dimensional built form modelling, public domain studies, and a detailed review of existing planning controls. It is accompanied by the Double Bay Transport Study and Draft Double Bay Community Impact Statement.

The draft strategy recommends built form strategies that aim to protect and preserve what is most loved about Double Bay, while providing a strengthened framework to guide future development in the Centre.


Why do we need a strategy for the Double Bay Centre?

It is important for Council and the community to be able to influence how, where, and to what density new development occurs in the future. The draft strategy provides the framework to achieve these aims.

A number of recent developments in the Double Bay Centre have been approved that exceed the height and density limits contained in Council’s current planning controls.

The draft strategy seeks to prevent the continuation of this type of ad hoc development and provide a clear vision to guide future development in the Double Bay Centre.

It contains recommendations to address what matters most to the local community, including protecting character and heritage, maintaining solar access to key public spaces, activating streets, promoting walkability, and creating a viable environment for local businesses to thrive.

The draft strategy is an opportunity to deliver a more coordinated approach to development in Double Bay.


Where does the draft strategy apply?

The draft strategy applies to review sites in the Double Bay Centre shown on the map below.


Draft Double Bay Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy study area

Certain sites within the Centre have been excluded as they have recently been redeveloped, are sites that need to provide a built form transition, or are buildings located in a heritage conservation area, heritage items or character buildings.


What does the draft strategy recommend?

  • Heritage: Sites within close proximity to character buildings, heritage items or the Transvaal Avenue heritage conservation area must provide sensitive transitions in height and scale to protect the significance of these buildings. The strategy does not recommend any changes to existing heritage items or character buildings.
  • Local character: Preserve the Centre's village character by recommending planning controls that will facilitate high quality, human scale development and improvements to the public domain.
  • Built form: Building heights and street wall heights to facilitate new development that protects solar access to key public spaces and therefore enhances pedestrian amenity. Six storey development with the upper levels set back from the street wall is recommended for a small number of sites.
  • Design excellence: Ensure that new development is of the highest standard of architectural and urban design.
  • Land use: A diverse land use mix to enhance the Centre's vibrancy and attract visitors, providing economic opportunities through increased non-residential floor space and active frontages.
  • Public domain: Enhance the Centre's street life and walkability by introducing new pedestrian arcades, urban parks, and shared laneways.
  • Housing: Encourage a mix of apartment sizes to provide greater housing diversity.
  • Traffic and transport: Mitigate traffic impacts by encouraging a shift from private vehicles to walking and cycling, and promoting car sharing through reduced car parking requirements.


Artist's impression of Cross Street (top), Transvaal Avenue (middle), and Knox Street streetscape (bottom) (prepared 2018).


How does this relate to other Council projects?

The draft strategy complements Council's other projects including the proposed pedestrianisation of Knox Street, the potential redevelopment of the Cross Street car park, and an independent heritage study currently underway for buildings in the Double Bay Centre.

In late 2021, Council exhibited a draft planning and urban design strategy for the Cross Street Precinct, Double Bay. On 14 February 2022, Council resolved to exhibit the draft strategy that applies to the entire Double Bay Centre, which is the subject of this exhibition. All submissions received to both draft strategies will be reported to a future meeting of Council.


Have your say

You can find everything you need to know about the exhibition on this page, including FAQs and links to important documents.

To have your say, please make a submission using the Online Submission Form below.

You can also drop a pin on the interactive map at the bottom of this page to share your views and ideas.

Alternatively, you can write to us and quote SC6808 Submissions by:

To stay up-to-date with Council’s consultations, please register for Your Say Woollahra.


What happens next?

Exhibition of the draft strategy is the first step in guiding future development in Double Bay. Council will consider all submissions received during the public exhibition and make a decision whether or not to endorse the strategy, or recommend changes based on the feedback from our community.

If the strategy is endorsed, you will have more opportunities to have your say before Council progresses any new planning controls for the Double Bay Centre.

See privacy note here.

Have your say on the future of the Double Bay Centre

Exhibition period extended until Friday 27 May 2022

Woollahra Council invites your feedback on the Draft Double Bay Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy, a document that if adopted by Council will guide future development in the Double Bay Centre.

The Double Bay Centre is renowned for its village character, vibrant outdoor dining, and diverse mix of local businesses. Its proximity to Sydney Harbour and Edgecliff train station make it an attractive place for people to live, work, and visit.

The Centre is currently going through a built form transition. The purpose of the planning and urban design strategy is to ensure that this transition occurs in a coordinated way that reinforces Double Bay’s village character.

The draft strategy has been informed by extensive three-dimensional built form modelling, public domain studies, and a detailed review of existing planning controls. It is accompanied by the Double Bay Transport Study and Draft Double Bay Community Impact Statement.

The draft strategy recommends built form strategies that aim to protect and preserve what is most loved about Double Bay, while providing a strengthened framework to guide future development in the Centre.


Why do we need a strategy for the Double Bay Centre?

It is important for Council and the community to be able to influence how, where, and to what density new development occurs in the future. The draft strategy provides the framework to achieve these aims.

A number of recent developments in the Double Bay Centre have been approved that exceed the height and density limits contained in Council’s current planning controls.

The draft strategy seeks to prevent the continuation of this type of ad hoc development and provide a clear vision to guide future development in the Double Bay Centre.

It contains recommendations to address what matters most to the local community, including protecting character and heritage, maintaining solar access to key public spaces, activating streets, promoting walkability, and creating a viable environment for local businesses to thrive.

The draft strategy is an opportunity to deliver a more coordinated approach to development in Double Bay.


Where does the draft strategy apply?

The draft strategy applies to review sites in the Double Bay Centre shown on the map below.


Draft Double Bay Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy study area

Certain sites within the Centre have been excluded as they have recently been redeveloped, are sites that need to provide a built form transition, or are buildings located in a heritage conservation area, heritage items or character buildings.


What does the draft strategy recommend?

  • Heritage: Sites within close proximity to character buildings, heritage items or the Transvaal Avenue heritage conservation area must provide sensitive transitions in height and scale to protect the significance of these buildings. The strategy does not recommend any changes to existing heritage items or character buildings.
  • Local character: Preserve the Centre's village character by recommending planning controls that will facilitate high quality, human scale development and improvements to the public domain.
  • Built form: Building heights and street wall heights to facilitate new development that protects solar access to key public spaces and therefore enhances pedestrian amenity. Six storey development with the upper levels set back from the street wall is recommended for a small number of sites.
  • Design excellence: Ensure that new development is of the highest standard of architectural and urban design.
  • Land use: A diverse land use mix to enhance the Centre's vibrancy and attract visitors, providing economic opportunities through increased non-residential floor space and active frontages.
  • Public domain: Enhance the Centre's street life and walkability by introducing new pedestrian arcades, urban parks, and shared laneways.
  • Housing: Encourage a mix of apartment sizes to provide greater housing diversity.
  • Traffic and transport: Mitigate traffic impacts by encouraging a shift from private vehicles to walking and cycling, and promoting car sharing through reduced car parking requirements.


Artist's impression of Cross Street (top), Transvaal Avenue (middle), and Knox Street streetscape (bottom) (prepared 2018).


How does this relate to other Council projects?

The draft strategy complements Council's other projects including the proposed pedestrianisation of Knox Street, the potential redevelopment of the Cross Street car park, and an independent heritage study currently underway for buildings in the Double Bay Centre.

In late 2021, Council exhibited a draft planning and urban design strategy for the Cross Street Precinct, Double Bay. On 14 February 2022, Council resolved to exhibit the draft strategy that applies to the entire Double Bay Centre, which is the subject of this exhibition. All submissions received to both draft strategies will be reported to a future meeting of Council.


Have your say

You can find everything you need to know about the exhibition on this page, including FAQs and links to important documents.

To have your say, please make a submission using the Online Submission Form below.

You can also drop a pin on the interactive map at the bottom of this page to share your views and ideas.

Alternatively, you can write to us and quote SC6808 Submissions by:

To stay up-to-date with Council’s consultations, please register for Your Say Woollahra.


What happens next?

Exhibition of the draft strategy is the first step in guiding future development in Double Bay. Council will consider all submissions received during the public exhibition and make a decision whether or not to endorse the strategy, or recommend changes based on the feedback from our community.

If the strategy is endorsed, you will have more opportunities to have your say before Council progresses any new planning controls for the Double Bay Centre.

See privacy note here.

Page last updated: 27 Apr 2022, 08:39 AM