The land and buildings at Sub Base Platypus are managed Harbour Trust as a public park.
The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001 exempts the Harbour Trust from certain state laws including those related to town planning.The Harbour Trust is the planning authority for the assessment of actions on its lands.
Actions requiring the written consent of the Harbour Trust include all tenant works, such as building works, building fit out, signage and change of use. The Harbour Trust’s planning framework is guided by:
- Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
- The Trust Comprehensive Plan (2003, and as amended in 2009) which establishes the overarching policies and outcomes for the lands.
- Management Plan – Platypus, North Sydney (2016) which sets out in more detail the characteristics, values and outcomes proposed for the precinct.
There is scope for altering the external appearance of some of the buildings on-site however the heritage significance for each building will be a factor. Applicants are to indicate any proposed internal or external building alterations within their submission.
A Planning Application will only need to be submitted by the preferred applicant(s) for each building. Applications that involve significant works or operational impacts will be subject to further community consultation. Significant proposals may also require consent from the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.
To assist the Harbour Trust in reducing overall parking demand, proponents will be required to use their best endeavours to promote suitable alternative means of transport amongst their occupants including public transport, bicycle, motor bike, foot and shared vehicle use. There is limited car parking on-site and traffic generation will be a consideration for the Harbour Trust in selecting proponents for the precinct. Applicants will be required to submit an outline of how they will manage transport and the parking requirements specific to their proposed use.