The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 (HRP 2036) was prepared by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (NSW DP&E) and adopted in 2016. It is a regional land use strategy that applies to the Local Government Areas (LGA’s) within the Hunter Region, which includes the Singleton LGA. It aims to provide the overarching framework to guide the NSW Government’s land use planning priorities and decisions to 2036.
The HRP 2036 vision is to create a leading regional economy in Australia, with a vibrant metropolitan city at the heart. It seeks to deliver this vision through four goals, being:
GOAL 1 - A leading regional economy in Australia
GOAL 2 - A biodiversity-rich natural environment
GOAL 3 - Thriving communities
GOAL 4 - Greater housing choice and jobs
The HRP has statutory force under Part 3 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act 1979). It is high-level in its nature and informs the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036, the Local Strategic Planning Statements of Councils and associated strategies and plans.
Planning proposals to amend Local Environmental Plans are required to demonstrate consistency with the HRP 2036 under the requirements of the NSW DP&E Guidelines for Preparing Planning Proposals.
The HRP is supported by the Hunter Regional Plan Implementation Plan, which specifies the agencies responsible for delivering the HRP actions, the partner organisations that will support the lead agency in delivering the respective actions and the time by which the actions must be delivered.
The HRP also informs State Government infrastructure spending and prioritisation.