Honeysuckle City Campus Development (HCCD) Project
As many staff will be aware, the University, in partnership with Newcastle and regional communities, is seeking to build a strong and sustainable education, innovation and research presence in the Newcastle CBD.
As we approach the first anniversary of NeW Space, many of us here and in the community are reflecting on the difference the University’s presence has and will continue to make in the Newcastle CBD. There is a shared optimism for the future of the city and our University is proud to play an important role.
I am pleased to advise that the University Council has agreed to move forward with first stage planning for the Honeysuckle City Campus Development (HCCD) Project.
The HCCD is a long-term strategic project of the University’s. It is a master planned development, which means that implementation will be phased according to long range objectives, planning and identification of funding sources for each stage of execution.
The UON Council has agreed to the first step of implementing the masterplan by approving the Concept Plan and first stage for submission to the Department of Planning.
The first stage is proposed to deliver the Innovation Hub and some additional contemporary facilities for the UON School of Creative Industries. The Innovation Hub is a joint funding initiative with the NSW Government, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle NOW and Hunter Digit as part of the Hunter Innovation Project (HIP). The HIP Innovation Hub will form part of the University’s Integrated Innovation Network (I2N).
Planning and application process
The first of several steps was the submission of a Request for the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARS). After this request has been received we will submit a Concept Plan Development Application and the first stage State Significant Development (SSD) applications to the NSW Government.
Understandably, this is a lengthy process. UON is partnering with leading town planners and engagement practitioners throughout the application process.
While there are a number of steps in development approval processes, we will provide opportunities for our diverse communities to remain informed at key milestones.
At this stage plans for staff to view the University’s HCCD Masterplan and the first stage of the project will most likely take place towards the middle of the year.
Any member of the UON and wider community who is interested in receiving more information as it becomes available is encouraged to register interest through our dedicated contact point firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to providing you with further updates.
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