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A new plan to provide a greater versatility of housing and more parkland on the Central Coast has been progressed following the NSW Department of Planning and Environment approval of a Gateway application.

The application is to rezone land that will enable an extra 186 homes on land near Warnervale and Virginia Roads in Warnervale.

The proposal will increase the mix of housing types, including stand-alone, semi-attached, dual occupancies and smaller lots to improve housing diversity and choice in the fast-growing area.

Promoting healthy active lifestyles and sustainable land use are also big factors in the proposal which includes a centrally-located 3.2ha parkland for use by the new residents. Central Coast Coordinator General, Lee Shearer, said increasing tree canopy and parkland across the state, and in growing areas such as the Central Coast, were priorities for the Department of Planning and Environment.

“This plan includes parkland and open space for growing communities – that’s what people want alongside new homes,” Ms Shearer said.

“Having a diversity of housing is vital. The Central Coast is a dynamic region with a fast-growing population so opportunities like this to provide a variety of housing sizes and types to cater for the different needs of people coming into the area is important.

"The Warnervale area is identified in the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 as being within one of the region’s key growth corridors so it is essential we work hard to pave the way for developments that are sustainable and cater for the changing needs of future generations.”

 

The next steps will involve Central Coast Council undertaking further investigations into the potential impacts on transport, Aboriginal heritage and infrastructure on the land.

Feedback will also be sought from government agencies and other organisations before the proposal is publicly exhibited.

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