Planning proposal for 488-492 Old South Head Rd and 30 Albemarle Ave

Planning proposal for 488-492 Old South Head Road and 30 Albemarle Avenue, Rose Bay


On 1 November 2023, the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel (SECPP) considered the proponent’s request for a rezoning review. Contrary to the Council recommendation, the SECPP supported the proposal being submitted for a Gateway determination because they considered it demonstrated strategic and site specific merit.

The SECPP was appointed as the Planning Proposal Authority (PPA).

A Gateway determination(PDF, 47KB) was issued on 23 February 2024 by the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) stating the proposal should proceed subject to the conditions, including the public exhibition of the proposal.

More information about the proposal and details about how you can get involved can be found on the Planning Proposal Fact Sheet(PDF, 538KB).

The planning proposal is on public exhibition from 2 April 2024 to 7 May 2024. The DPHI is managing the public exhibition process, and all queries should be directed to Douglas Cunningham, Manager of Agile Planning at the DPHI on 02 9274 6357.

Submissions on the planning proposal should be made through the NSW Planning Portal. Go to


On 12 April 2023, Council received a request for a planning proposal for 488-492 Old South Head Road and 30 Albemarle Avenue, Rose Bay (comprising Lot 1 in DP 1009799 and Lot 30, Section B in DP 4567).

In response to the advice of the Woollahra LPP, the proponent submitted a revised planning proposal on 31 July 2023.

The planning proposal seeks to amend the Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014 to:

  • Insert a new Schedule 1 Additional permitted use to amend the permissible land uses on land at 30 Albemarle Avenue, Rose Bay.
  • Insert a new Part 6 Additional local provisions to prescribe maximum Height of Building, gross floor area and other planning controls that apply to the two sites.

The objective of the planning proposal is to facilitate redevelopment of the two sites to enable a four-storey mixed use development.

To accompany the planning proposal, the proponent provided an indicative development concept for a four-storey mixed use development comprising a two-level Woolworths supermarket with 14 residential dwellings on the upper levels (L1-3) and associated parking and loading elements. This indicative development concept could be facilitated by the proposed amendments.


Initial Assessment

An initial staff assessment of the request for a planning proposal was reported to the Woollahra Local Planning Panel (Woollahra LPP) on 6 July 2023.

The advice of the Woollahra LPP was reported to the Environmental Planning Committee (EPC) on 7 August 2023. You can read the full meeting minutes here.

At its meeting on 14 August 2023, Council resolved not to proceed with the planning proposal request. Read the full Council resolution.


The applicant submitted the following documents with the request for a planning proposal: