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Integrating land use and transport

Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan

Integrating land use and transport

The DPE’s Hunter Regional Plan 2036 recognises key employment, educational, health, industrial and recreational hubs such as Newcastle city centre, Central Maitland, Hunter Sports and Entertainment Precinct (emerging), Kotara, Charlestown, Cardiff-Glendale (emerging), Newcastle port, Newcastle Airport, John Hunter Hospital and the University of Newcastle. The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 focuses on connecting these locations through an integrated transport network to further strengthen the economy contained within them and support a growing population.

To do this, the Plan identifies locations where growth is expected to occur across Greater Newcastle. It is expected within its:

  • 14 strategic centres: Broadmeadow (emerging), Central Maitland, Callaghan, Cessnock, Charlestown, East Maitland, Cardiff-Glendale (emerging), John Hunter Hospital, Kotara, Kurri Kurri, Morisset, Newcastle city centre, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, plus global gateway transport hubs of Newcastle Airport and Newcastle port
  • Urban renewal corridors: including Charlestown to Belmont, Glendale to Cardiff, Newcastle City Centre to Broadmeadow, Kotara and Mayfield
  • Growth areas: such as Newcastle–Lake Macquarie Western Corridor and Maitland Corridor.

Strategic centres are centres of activity and employment. They contain clusters of professional, retail, health and education services and are forecast to be major drivers of the economy into the future. Newcastle city centre is the heart of Greater Newcastle, the location of key headquarters, businesses and services.

Urban renewal corridors are precincts identified for a greater intensification of residential and commercial development and are generally along key transport corridors.

Growth areas are large areas that have been identified for new housing developments, supporting an increase in population into the future.

The Hunter Regional Plan 2036‘s vision is for 95 percent of Greater Newcastle’s residents to live within 30 minutes of a strategic centre. To achieve this, the development of catalyst areas has been identified in the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036.

Catalyst areas are strategic centres and major employment precincts that need a collaborative approach to the delivery of new homes and jobs. They include Newcastle city centre, Beresfield/Black Hill, Broadmeadow, Cardiff-Glendale (North West Lake Macquarie), Callaghan, East Maitland, John Hunter Hospital, Kotara, Newcastle port, Tomago and Williamtown.

Figure 15 shows areas where the highest population and employment densities are concentrated within Greater Newcastle. The majority of these are within the metro core. While some strategic centres have concentrations of population and employment, many do not. Therefore, there is a need for travel across Greater Newcastle for work.

Supporting connections to, from and within strategic centres, urban renewal corridors, growth areas and employment areas is important to make it easier for our customers to get to the places they need to travel to. This includes travelling for work and to undertake business or to education sites e.g. schools, TAFE and the University of Newcastle; key retail areas; health facilities; sporting precincts and the airport.

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