St Leonards South Planning proposal by Top Spring Australia

St Leonards South

Top Spring Australia has lodged a planning proposal and concept DA (Stage 1 only) for their site in St Leonards South. The proposed development is focused on creating a quality vibrant residential precinct for the future community of St Leonards.


Top Spring aim to deliver the objectives of Councils Planning Proposal on the sites including the delivery of high quality housing, community infrastructure, increased public amenity and landscaped through site links.

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Top Spring was established in 1993 in Hong Kong, with its main focus on residential and commercial development, asset management, fund management and education.

Top Spring Australia is a division of Top Spring International which was listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in March 2011. Top Spring Australia has the strength of local expertise backed up by a powerful international market presence and knowledge.

As a globally renowned and respected developer of premium residential and mixed-use projects, Top Springs aim is to set a new benchmark in design excellence. Our team is made up of a passionate group of like-minded professionals across working alongside award winning designers.

Our Design Partners

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As a professional design practice specialising in the areas of urban design, landscape planning and landscape architecture, Arcadia provides services to a diverse range of premium quality projects throughout Australia. Our project experience includes Urban Design, Landscape Masterplanning, Public Domain, Hospitality, Residential, Health and Education and Aged Care.

Our talented team of landscape architects and urban designers focus on designing world class landscapes.  We thrive on designing open spaces that bring people together and we love to produce exceptional landscapes. We aim to create memorable places that will help improve quality of life and promote community connections.

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Bates Smart is an award winning multidisciplinary design firm delivering architecture, interior design, urban design and strategic services across Australia, with a staff of over 250 in studios in Melbourne and Sydney. Since 1852 Bates Smart Architects has been continuously involved in major projects which have influenced both urban and regional development.

Our award-winning projects transform the city fabric and the way people use and inhabit urban spaces and built environments.

Our commitment to design excellence, environment responsiveness and client service affirms our reputation as one of Australia’s most respected design firms. We understand the social and economic forces currently shaping communities and their impact on built environments of the future. Our founders were the innovators of their time, and we are leaders in the debate on how and where we work, meet, live, learn and heal.

Our approach is not simply about making big gestures. We nurture and develop every size of project and all its elements, until the details complement and enhance the whole.

Artist impression of St Leonards South proposed development

Summary – Planning History

In recent years, Lane Cove Council has earmarked St Leonards South for redevelopment to high density residential use based on wider strategic directions for the delivery of additional housing and transit-oriented development. The St Leonards South Precinct currently has a Master Plan for redevelopment, and a council-led Planning Proposal to implement the draft controls which commenced in 2012.

Concurrently, State Government has identified the St Leonards and Crows Nest area as a Priority Precinct and has been reviewing future planning directions for the wider area in response to the growth of St Leonards as a Strategic Centre and the opening of the new Crows Nest Metro Station in 2024.

Recently, Council indicated they would prefer the NSW Department of Planning 2036 Plan is finalised before the Council-led Planning Proposal for St Leonards South is progressed any further.

The Planning Proposals and Concept Development Applications initiated by Top Spring Australia for their land holdings in St Leonards South seek to progress the Council-led rezoning of the St Leonards South precinct outside of the 2036 Plan as well as provide certainty to Council and to the community in regards to scale & quality of the developments.