The NRA has a serious concern regarding the vision for Robertson Road Newport & its Plaza use, as expressed in the Newport Masterplan, if the proposed planning proposal for 351 & 353 Barrenjoey Rd (Cnr Barrenjoey & Robertson Rds) and similar applications were to be approved without serious changes.

This planning proposal brings into question whether our Local Village Masterplans have a value or a future if the above planning proposal goes ahead. Currently both Avalon & Mona Vale are preparing their own Place Plans (name change from Masterplan) and so the outcome of this proposal should be of immense interest to all villages in the Northern Beaches Council area.

We have been working closely with Council staff since mid last year, on an activation plan for Newport.
Robertson Road is the centre of many community activities and is regularly closed off for such events including one last November which was the launch.

We think there should be greater emphasis on the requirements of the Newport Masterplan, that the Robertson Rd zone is dedicated to form a key component of a pedestrian plaza, which is to become the community hub of Newport village. Any new development proposed for Robertson Rd should divert daily vehicular traffic to another street access. This is why a basic town planning philosophy of this Masterplan is to reward consolidation of sites, which in turn will optimise community accessibility rather than compromising and constraining it.

For further detail click on the following links;

Councils initial response regarding the above concerns

The Newport Masterplan

Read the Planning Proposal (DA)

The NBC have agreed to meet the NRA before the end of this month, July 2020, to discuss this planning proposal and it’s effect on the plaza event activities of Robertson Rd.