About the Priority Development Area
The Herston Quarter PDA was declared on 18 November 2016. It is approximately six hectares in size and located in the suburb of Herston, approximately two kilometres north of the Brisbane central business district.
The PDA is located on part of the broader Herston health precinct and is bordered by Herston Road to the south, Bramston Terrace to the west and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) to the east and north. The PDA is in close proximity to both the Herston and RBWH busway stations and adjacent to the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health and School of Dentistry buildings.
The purpose of the PDA is to facilitate the redevelopment of the Herston Quarter as a mixed-use precinct with a strong emphasis on health-related uses. The major catalyst for redevelopment was the transfer of children’s health services from the Royal Children’s Hospital to the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in late 2014 which resulted in the vacancy of the majority of buildings in the PDA.
The PDA includes significant state-listed heritage places including the Lady Lamington Nurses Home, Edith Cavell and Lady Norman buildings which will be preserved and adaptively re-used.
Adoption of Herston Quarter PDA Development Scheme
The Herston Quarter PDA Development Scheme was approved by the Queensland Government on 21 December 2017.
Public notification of the proposed development scheme for Herston Quarter PDA was held from 7 August to 18 September 2017 (the submission period). During the submission period, all interested parties, including the community, residents and business operators, were invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission to the Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ).
A submissions report has been prepared and summarises the submissions received and the merits of those submissions. In some cases, amendments have been made to the proposed development scheme as a consequence of issues raised in submissions.
The Herston Quarter PDA Development Scheme is the planning document that will assist in planning, carrying out, promoting, coordinating and controlling the development of land in the PDA. The development scheme supersedes the Herston Quarter PDA Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP), which no longer has effect.
The Herston Quarter PDA Development Charges and Offset Plan identifies relevant development charges, how these charges are calculated, levied and administered, and the trunk infrastructure required to service the PDA.
Download the Herston Quarter PDA Development Scheme ( 9.1 MB).
Download the Herston Quarter PDA Submission Report ( 1.0 MB).
Download the Herston Quarter PDA Development Charges and Offset Plan (DCOP) ( 1.3 MB).
Download the Herston Quarter PDA Infrastructure Plan Background Report ( 1.0 MB).
Herston Quarter PDA FAQs
The Herston Quarter PDA was declared to establish the necessary policy framework to support the intended development and community outcomes for the area. The redevelopment of the PDA will include a Specialist Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Care Centre, a private hospital, aged care and retirement living, residential accommodation, childcare facilities and retail and restaurant facilities to support the new mixed-use community.
For more information on the Herston Quarter project visit the Queensland Treasury website.
The development scheme was prepared by EDQ in consultation with state agencies, Brisbane City Council, the community and other stakeholders.
Development of the Herston Quarter PDA involves a number of organisations performing various roles over the life of the proposed renewal of the site. Queensland Treasury managed the competitive bid process. Metro North Hospital and Health Services is the State Government's project manager for the site's renewal with oversight of the contractual arrangement with Australian Unity (the developer). EDQ is the responsible planning agency (including plan making and development assessment) rather than Brisbane City Council (BCC). BCC remains involved in the planning process and is responsible for other matters including local infrastructure networks and management of local laws.
Development in the Herston Quarter PDA will maximise the strategic location adjacent to Queensland’s major health, education and research facilities, and public transport infrastructure to support employment growth in health and knowledge industries and deliver a unique and world-class destination for Brisbane. While development will have an emphasis on health-related uses, the PDA will also provide a mix of other land uses that support this outcome.
Development in the Herston Quarter PDA will achieve this vision by:
- delivering a range of new and exemplary clinical, biomedical and complementary health-related uses including a Specialist Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Care Centre (SRACC)
- co-locating a range of other uses with the existing health and knowledge uses in the Herston Health Precinct to create a vibrant and highly active mixed-use precinct including health, commercial, residential, student accommodation, short-term accommodation, retirement, child care, aged care, community and retail uses
- providing improved amenity for users of facilities in the PDA, the broader Herston Health Precinct and the surrounding area including delivery of a range of diverse, interconnected and activated key public spaces that encourage formal and informal interactions and promote wellbeing
- promoting high-quality urban design in the built form and public realm and a high-quality living environment for building occupants including application of best practice climatically responsive and sub-tropical design principles
- providing an integrated vehicular parking solution to service the needs of residents, staff and visitors to the PDA and the remainder of the Herston Health Precinct including a new multi-storey parking station
- providing for the revitalisation, conservation and adaptive re-use of the heritage place to ensure its ongoing use and preservation, and recognition of their cultural heritage values including respect for the PDA significant heritage buildings and their setting
- maximising the investment in adjacent public transport infrastructure by focussing land uses that generate high pedestrian traffic near Herston and RBWH stations and promoting their integration with development in the PDA
- contributing to a unique sense of place identity for the PDA and surrounding area by providing opportunities to embrace the existing distinctive landscape, heritage and cultural qualities
- improving connectivity, permeability, safety and accessibility within the PDA for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles including convenient access to active transport routes
- improving the integration between the PDA, remainder of the Herston Health Precinct and surrounding area, including reconnecting the heritage place within the PDA to the southern and western edges.
Development assessment for Herston Quarter PDA will be undertaken by EDQ.
Traffic and transport was a key consideration for EDQ during the preparation of the development scheme. To help understand the impacts of the development, including potential upgrades to the local network, EDQ worked with Brisbane City Council on traffic modelling and analysis, which informed the plan preparation. During the development assessment process, EDQ will also require the developer to prepare a traffic management plan that will address a number of matters including construction traffic and parking, and impacts on the local network.
The development scheme applies the Brisbane City Council City Plan parking ratios for all new buildings in the PDA. As well as a new, larger multi-storey car park in the north of the PDA to replace and expand upon the current Bramston Terrace car park, the proposed development will also be required to provide parking for the new buildings. This includes any new residential development. It is recognised that an integrated parking solution is critical to the success of the PDA and will continue to be considered by EDQ throughout the development assessment process.
Any PDA development application will be assessed against the purposes of the ED Act and the Herston Quarter PDA Development Scheme.
Any development applications made under the development scheme may require public notification if it is considered to have adverse impacts on adjoining land, amenity or is not a preferred land use.
Development applications over land within a PDA are made against the development scheme, instead of the local planning scheme and assessed under the ED Act. Under this Act, the assessment process generally occurs within 40 business days. This timeframe does not include circumstances where there is a need for additional information or public notice of the application.
Development applications over land outside the PDA are made to and assessed by BCC under the Planning Act 2016 and the planning scheme.
There are a number of significant state-listed heritage buildings within the PDA including the Lady Lamington Nurses' Home, Lady Lamington North and South Towers, Edith Cavell Building and Lady Norman Wing. These buildings will be preserved and revitalised with a range of uses such as cafes, restaurants and student accommodation that will add vibrancy and a day and night presence to the precinct. It is acknowledged that some changes might need to occur to these buildings to improve their accessibility and functionality as well as enhance their cultural heritage value.
As part of any development approvals, EDQ will require the developer to prepare a construction management plan. This plan typically defines the arrangements and procedures to be put in place to minimise adverse impacts on local amenity including traffic, dust, noise and vibration. This is especially important for the Herston Quarter PDA given its proximity to homes and an operational hospital. The development will also need to meet a number of acoustic and air quality standards to ensure construction and ongoing operation of the development addresses any possible adverse impacts.
Community consultation began in November 2014 and included the distribution of newsletters to the Herston community and a series of community workshops held in November 2015. These workshops were instrumental in shaping the proposed masterplan for the Herston Quarter. Following the state government and Australian Unity executing a contract in early 2017, Metro North Hospital and Health Services (MNHHS) has regularly engaged with the Herston Health Precinct community about the proposed redevelopment
- a dedicated Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) Have Your Say web page for the Herston Quarter PDA providing the opportunity for the community and other stakeholders to ask questions and receive responses in a public forum
- a dedicated web page for the Herston Quarter PDA on the DILGP website
- a community newsletter delivered to over 1400 residents in the Herston and Kelvin Grove area
- two drop-in community information sessions:
- 19 August 2017 at the Institute for Learning Professionals, Gould Street, Herston
- 29 August 2017 at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
- meetings with the Herston Quarter Residents Action Group and other key stakeholders including the Herston Health Precinct Integration Committee
- public notice in The Courier Mail
- public notice in the government gazette
- advertisements in local newspapers circulating the region.
EDQ also met with a number of stakeholders during the submission period to explain relevant aspects of the development scheme and advise of the submission process including the Herston Quarter Residents Action Group and Herston Health Precinct Integration Committee which represents the interests of all stakeholders in the Herston Health Precinct including:
- Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
- QIMR Berghofer
- Metro North Hospital and Health Services
- University of Queensland
- Queensland University of Technology
- Queensland Institute of Medical Research
- Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland.
Over the public notification period:
- the EDQ website and Have your say web page received more than 1000 visits
- the proposed development scheme document was also downloaded 380 times
- approximately 70 people attended the community information sessions.