Saturday, May 25, 2024

New planning controls for Newcastle suburb renewal

The future liveability of a semi-industrial Newcastle suburb turned urban neighbourhood are at the heart of changes to the city’s Development Control Plan (DCP) adopted by Newcastle City Council this week.

Following a four-week public exhibition period, additional planning controls have been added to the DCP, including requirements for all developments in the fringe suburb of Wickham to upgrade their public domain frontages to CN’s specifications.

Deputy Lord Mayor, Declan Clausen said the amendments respond to community feedback to achieve a shared vision for the precinct’s urban renewal.

“This is welcome news for residents and the community of Wickham who have advocated for Wickham’s urban renewal with a clear vision from the start,” Cr Clausen said.

“Creating community infrastructure with upgraded footpaths and better-connected green spaces as part of all developments, to CN specifications, will maintain Wickham’s inner-city suburban character and protect the Village Hub atmosphere.

“The updates to the DCP are consistent with Wickham Masterplan, and Newcastle 2040: Community Strategic Plan for a liveable Newcastle with enriched neighbourhoods and places of enjoyment.”

The suburb of Wickham in Newcastle.

Council is also currently preparing a comprehensive public domain plan for Wickham. It says the plan will increase amenity and safety in the area and include traffic, transport and road configuration changes in line with the Wickham Masterplan.

Community engagement is scheduled to commence toward the end of 2022.

City of Newcastle Manager Regulatory, Planning and Assessment, Michelle Bisson said Council was committed to delivering good planning outcomes for Wickham residents and the community.

“Wickham’s identity is continuing to evolve and take shape as it transitions from a semi-industrial suburban area into a thriving urban neighbourhood that supports the revitalisation of Newcastle’s West End,” Ms Bisson said.

“It is great to see CN’s shared vision with the community progressing and we look forward to the next stage in the planning pathway.

“Further community input into the public domain plan for Wickham will ensure we meet future growth associated with the precinct.”

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