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West End Stage 2 - Streetscape Plan Public Exhibition
West End Stage 2 - Streetscape Plan Public Exhibition

West End Stage 2 - Streetscape Plan Public Exhibition

The West End Stage 2 Streetscape Plan has been prepared to guide the design of the public domain within the Newcastle West End precinct.

The draft plan is the second stage of a project to improve how our streets and public spaces look in the West End. This stage includes parts of Maitland Road, Hunter Street, and the extents of Steel Street. It also includes the interface of intersecting streets to allow a suitable transition between the spaces.
The key outcomes for the community include:
  • Improved walkability and connections to public transport
  • Providing safe continuous bi-directional cycleways along Maitland Road, Hunter Street, and Steel Street which connects to other shared pathways
  • Improved landscaping and the creation of green nodes and public spaces.
The draft plan is on exhibition from now until Monday 1 April 2019.

Ways to have your say
Let us now if we're on the right track. Are the actions we have proposed going to achieve the aims of the plan?

Take the opportunity to:
  • Read the draft plan
    • Hard copies are available at the City Administration Centre 282 King Street, Newcastle and Newcastle City branch library.
  • Complete the submission form below, or upload a document
  • Attend a drop-in session Wednesday 13 March 2019 (10:30am-12:30pm or 5-7pm) at City Hall, King Street Newcastle
  • Complete the survey 
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Alternatively, you can email a written submission to mail@ncc.nsw.gov.au

Postal submissions can be sent to:

The Chief Executive Officer
City of Newcastle
Attention: Senior Project Planner
PO Box 489
Newcastle  NSW  2300

Reference 'West End Stage 2' in the title for emailed and posted submissions.

The public exhibition period closes 5pm Monday 1 April 2019.

Protecting your privacy

The City of Newcastle is committed to protecting your privacy. We take reasonable steps to comply with relevant legislation and policy.
Purpose of collecting personal details: We are collecting this information to determine the local community’s views and opinions on the proposal outlined.
Intended recipients:  Information provided as part of the consultation will be used as part of the investigation into the proposal, and may be included in future reports on the issue.
Storage and security:  Information provided will be stored on our database and will be subject to our information and privacy policies.
Access: Individuals can access data to check accuracy by contacting us.

Drop-in Session and Survey

Drop-in Sessions:
Come along to one of our community drop-in sessions to view the draft Plan and find out more:
Date: Wednesday 13 March 2019
Times: 10:30am-12:30pm and
5:00pm-7:00pm (2 time slots)
Venue: City Hall, King St Newcastle
No need to register, just drop in anytime during these session times.
 
Complete the survey now

On Public Exhibition

Project timeline

Adopted by Council 2010
Hunter Street Strategic Framework
Oct 2013
Trial Changes to Hunter Street Investigations
Community support for changes in Hunter St. Consultation and Council report in October 2013
August 2017
Executive Leadership Team Approval
West End of Master Plan Commenced
September 2017
Newcastle Traffic Committee
October 2018
Council Workshop
December 2018
Consultation with Cycling Advisory Committee
April 2019
Further consultation with the Newcastle Traffic Committee
May 2019
Report back to Councillors the community consultation outcomes

Frequently asked questions

The plan is for the for the street and public domain elements within Newcastle’s West End. It will provide a framework and structure for the West End, transforming it into a vibrant place to inhabit. It will be used by CN (City of Newcastle) and developers to ensure the City's vision for the precinct is achieved through a consistent and well managed approach.

The key outcomes for the community include:
  • Improved walkability and connections to public transport
  • A safe continuous bi-directional cycleway which connects to other shared pathways.
  • Improved landscaping and the creation of green nodes and public spaces.
Some key outcomes include:
  • Diversifying the east west connection for commuters through a 2km separated cycleway from Wickham Park to Union Street
  • Strengthening the North South connections through a separated cycleway along Steel Street connecting National Park to Honeysuckle
  • A reduction of 4 to 2 lanes of traffic along Hunter Street providing a consistent approach for motorists to the extents of Hunter Street
  • Additional crossing points for pedestrians, allowing higher levels of accessibility throughout the street
  • Conservation of on-street parking amenity. A priority will be placed on accessible parking and loading zones within the streetscape to enable equitable access business continuity
  • 5 major green nodes will be created throughout the West End that will help to define the character of the community
  • Increased landscaping through 8000m2 of gardens, inclusive of 500m2 of rain gardens and additional street trees to soften the streetscape, increase water permeability and reduce the risks of heat island effect.
CN needs to respond to the changing needs of our communities. Increased urban densities and demand on the public domain requires a high level of utilisation of our spaces. Maitland Road, Hunter Street and Steel Street have been identified through previous studies as suitable locations for multi-use transport avenue. While they will remain an important avenue for cars and buses to enter the city, they will also become the preferred avenue for cyclist and commuters through its integrated design approach. 

The street will provide a balance between the volume of traffic, the mix of commuters, and the design of the street to define places and how people use them. Our goal for these streets in the West End, is to provide vibrant streets for the commuters, pedestrians and shop owners. The plan will respond to the needs of all commuters through this precinct and provide places for the West End to define its identity and enhance its community and culture.
The objectives of the plan are to:
  • Accommodate multiple modes of transport to co-exist in the road corridor
  • Encourage more walking, cycling and public transport use while improving the economic outcomes for businesses along the route
  • Maximise the rest of the public domain, to make it a pleasant, safe and vibrant place to inhabit that adds to the wellbeing of the community and enhances the local environment.
The Draft West End Stage Two Streetscape Plan will be the third master plan adopted for the city centre. In 2018 CN adopted:
  • The East End Streetscape Plan Stage 1 – which focused on the redesign of Hunter Street Mall
  • The West End Stage 1 – Public Domain Plan – which focused upgrades including and surrounding Birdwood and Little Birdwood Parks.
The remaining sections of the city centre are scheduled for master planning to ensure a cohesive urban environment can be achieved.
The plan has reviewed the locations of existing bus stops and connections to light rail stations. It proposes a re-alignment of bus stops to minimise impacts on parking numbers and create a consistent layout to these stops.  They have been approved by the Traffic Committee, with further consultation to continue during the formal consultation processes. All layouts will be done to RMS and Australian standards including the placement of shelters and other associated infrastructure.
The known benefits of walking for the individual, the community, and the environment are well known. Creating pleasant and safe streets for walking is the highest priority of this plan.

We have achieved this in a number of ways:
  • Street structure prioritises the pedestrian with generous footpaths, allowing plenty of circulation space
  • By reducing the road widths and speed limit for cars, it promotes the street as a shared environment and reduces the risks associate with higher speeds and more traffic
  • We have two additional signalised traffic intersections at Selma Street and Kuwumi Place. This strengthens the north south flow of traffic and safer connections to the broader shared pathway and the light rail networks
  • Additional street trees and new landscaping will provide shade and seasonal interest for pedestrians.
Changes to how cyclists move through the streets will be the largest change to the streetscape. The plan details the east west connection along Maitland and Hunter Street and provides a north south connection along Steel Street. These routes provide connections to R1, R2, R5, R6, R12 and S1 as outlined in the Newcastle Cycling Strategy and Action Plan. The bi-directional cycleways have been proposed for the one side of the street allowing the cyclist to move freely within their own space, separated from pedestrians and motorists. At select locations the cycleway merges with the footpath to create shared pathways due to narrow road reserves. This type of infrastructure will see a significant increase in everyday cycle use that will ease congestion on the roads and demand for inner-city parking. 
Enhanced landscape opportunities or "Green Nodes" have been identified at 5 locations which will create small havens along the street. These nodes will allow a diverse range of tree plantings, including rain gardens and places to sit, relax and gain some respite. The layering of the landscape within the street defines spaces away from the pedestrian thoroughfare and traffic lanes. This approach can be used to support alfresco dining. Rain gardens can sustain the landscape and filter water running through the site.
The planting will be fit for purpose and aim to enhance the local environment while meeting crime prevention guidelines. Feature trees and ground covers will create seasonal interest through changing foliage colour or flowering periods. Gardens will be integrated into the structure of the streetscape, reducing "Heat Island Effects" and increase water permeability.
The pavement and other "hard structures" have largely been defined by the City Centre Public Domain Technical Manual. A combination of concrete finishes will be utilised through most of the streetscape, with Bluestone and granite pavers to high pedestrian areas and focal points. This structuring of pavement finishes helps elevate areas and informs the community that a change in use has occurred.
Implementation of the Trial Changes to Hunter Street were suspended after the Hunter Light Rail announcement to minimise conflicts between the two projects. Master Planning of the city centre recommenced in 2017 following the completion of traffic studies by Transport NSW in 2017. The Draft West End Stage Two Streetscape Plan has been closely coordinated with Transport NSW.
The concepts detailed in the Draft West End Stage Two Streetscape Plan have been previously adopted by Council in the 2010 Hunter Street Master Plan Strategic Framework. The 2010 framework provided guidelines for redesigning the street to include a bi-directional separated cycleway and reducing the travel lanes from 4 to 2.

In 2013 concept plans were developed and exhibited to the community showing in detail how the 2010 framework could be implemented along the length of Hunter Street. This proposal received a 77% approval rating from 94 respondents. Through the exhibition period, CN staff meet with local businesses to ensure they were aware of the proposed changes and could provide comment.

Contact us

Contact Us

Senior Project Planner

Phone: 02 4974 2000
Email: assetplanning@ncc.nsw.gov.au

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