The Chatswood Chase upgrade that will include a seven-screen cinema and “sunken oasis” dining precinct, new shops, dining areas, offices, extended trading hours and 130 new car spots has been given the green light by The Sydney Northern Planning Panel. Here’s what it will look like.
The Chatswood Chase upgrade plans revealed to North Shore Mums earlier this year have been approved, with work slated to begin in June and forecast to take 2.5 years – so ready by early 2023.
Chatswood Chase Upgrade: The changes
The $327 development will include:
- Two new levels of shops
- A seven-screen cinema complex
- A “sunken oasis” dining plaza
- Extended trading hours
- On-site gym and wellness facility
What the Chatswood Chase says:
Centre operator Vicinity said the project was aimed at addressing existing “constraints” at the complex including an “inefficient mall layout” and a “lack of modern casual dining” areas. A statement from Vicinity about the Chatswood Chase upgrade reads:
“In line with Vicinity’s strategy to create market-leading destinations, our vision is to transform and reposition Chatswood Chase into Northern Sydney’s premium shopping, dining and leisure destination, reflecting the lifestyle of the affluent population which typically lives in the surrounding area.
Already home to international designers and iconic Australian brands, our redevelopment plans currently include an expanded retail precinct, complementary food and dining experiences and co-working spaces.
We recently lodged an amendment to make further enhancements to our approved development application and this is still being considered by the Sydney North Planning Panel and the Willoughby City Council.”
Chatswood Chase Upgrade: The opposition
Willoughby Council flagged impacts on traffic, asking for detailed traffic modelling, while nearby Mercy Catholic College, next to Chatswood Chase, raised concern over more cars and trucks passing through the streets outside the school.
Principal Suzanne Cavanagh told the North Shore Times there was the potential for safety impacts on students who cross local roads in school hours to move between the college’s two campuses.