Emergency notice

This policy is current as at 02/10/2020 02:40am, AEST. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.

Development application notifications for neighbouring developments (responding to)

The Department of Education responds to development application notifications for proposed developments that are likely to impact on the operation of a school and/or affect the health and safety of students, staff and the school community.

  1. Policy statement
    1. The department responds to development application notifications for proposed developments that are considered likely to impact on the operation of a school and/or affect the health and safety of students, staff and the school community.
    2. If the proposed development is considered of an objectionable nature and incompatible with the operations and safety of an education establishment or office accommodation, or is likely to cause difficulty with the normal functioning of the education facility then an objection should be forwarded to the appropriate consent authority.
  2. Audience and applicability
    1. This policy is applicable to all NSW Government schools.
  3. Context
    1. Schools and the department receive development application notifications from local councils for nearby properties or premises.
  4. Responsibilities and delegations
    1. Principals
      1. Principals are responsible for responding to development application notifications that are considered likely to impact on the operation of a school facility and/or affect the health and safety of students, staff or the school community.
      2. Principals and school community representatives may independently respond to development application notifications that are considered likely to impact on the operation of a school facility and/or affect the health and safety of students, staff or the school community.
      3. Principals should, if required, seek advice from their local Asset Management Unit as soon as the development application notifications are received and well before the closing date of the notification.
      4. Principals should notify their Director, Educational Leadership if a received development application is deemed contentious.
    2. Executive Directors or Directors, Educational Leadership
      1. Executive Directors or Directors, Educational Leadership will, if appropriate, support principals when principals are responding to development application notifications that are considered likely to impact on the operation of a school facility and/or affect the health and safety of students, staff or the school community.
      2. Executive Directors or Directors, Educational Leadership may independently respond to development application notifications that are considered likely to impact on the operation of a school facility and/or affect the health and safety of students, staff or the school community.
      3. Executive Directors or Directors, Educational Leadership should, if required, seek advice from their local Asset Management Unit as soon as the development application notifications are received and well before the closing date of the notification.
    3. School Infrastructure NSW (SINSW)
      1. The Statutory Planning team within SINSW is responsible for responding to State Significant Development and State Significant Infrastructure applications, Planning Proposals, Local Environmental Plan amendments, Development Control Plan amendments and other strategic land use documents that that are considered likely to impact on the operation of a school and/or affect the health and safety of students, staff and the school community.
      2. For projects listed under section 4.3.1, the Statutory Planning team proactively monitors relevant planning documents and instruments, and engages with schools as appropriate. This monitoring and engagement should occur alongside the existing responsibilities held by other stakeholders, as outlined under Part 4 of this policy.
      3. SINSW considers likely impacts of the development application, and engages with relevant Executive Directors/Directors and school principals to prepare a coordinated response if required.
    4. SINSW – Regional Asset Management Units
      1. SINSW Regional Asset Management Units, in consultation with SINSW Statutory Planning, are responsible for providing advice, regarding development application notifications and proposed objections, to Executive Directors and Directors, educational leadership, and principals.
  5. Monitoring and review
    1. The Director, Statutory Planning monitors the implementation of this policy and reviews its contents for relevance and accuracy every three years or as needed.
  6. Contact
    1. Director, Statutory Planning, SINSW
      0408 489 911

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