Planning Process


The architects are now working with the specialist project team to finalise the proposed design and prepare the Development Application for the site. The Development Application will be lodged with City of Sydney (Council) for assessment, public display for comment, and determination.

The final proposed design for the site was developed by, local architects SJB and Architect Prineas in collaboration with Redfern landscape architectural firm, Aspect Studios. The team were winners of an architectural competition conducted by TOGA under City of Sydney’s Design Excellence Strategy in early 2018.

You can view the development application including detailed plans and assessments online at City of Sydney development applications on exhibition.  


Pending approval construction works are proposed to commence in mid-2019. The Surry Hills Shopping Village will be temporarily closed during the construction period.

To assist local shoppers during this time, TOGA will provide a community shuttle bus that will run every two hours to and from the Coles supermarket, located on Danks Street in Waterloo.

Once construction is complete, local shoppers will be able to enjoy shopping in a community precinct that will include a full line Coles supermarket, fresh food market and dining precinct.

We are committed to keeping you informed and will continue to engage with the community throughout all project stages including the lead up to and during construction

Planning Process




In 2016 TOGA prepared a proposal for the redevelopment of the Surry Hills Shopping Village, which was submitted to Council.


Council endorsed the proposal and prepared a Planning Proposal which was submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) for Gateway Review. Gateway Review is a state government process which reviews the merits of the Planning Proposal. The DPE determined Council’s Planning Proposal had merit and could proceed through the next steps of planning review.


Upon Gateway Determination, Council put the Planning Proposal on public exhibition for comment. The public exhibition closed on 4 September 2017 and Council reviewed all submissions.


The final Planning Proposal, including any required amendments in response to public submissions, was forwarded to the DPE where the amended Local Environment Plan (LEP) was drafted for the Planning Minister’s approval.


With the Planning Minister’s approval, the amended LEP becomes law and is published on the NSW Legislation website.