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There is now greater opportunity for people to settle and make their home in the picturesque town of Medowie after changes to Port Stephens planning controls. 

The Bower Estate at Medowie, 34km north of Newcastle, will see the establishment of a new community with homes and planned open space to make it a great place to live.

Plans for the estate originally included 345 homes. However, changes to planning controls by Port Stephens Council and the Department of Planning and Environment means 135 extra homes can be built on the site, bringing the total potential new homes up to 480.

The Department’s Director for the Hunter Region, Monica Gibson, said amendments to the Port Stephens Local Environmental Plan, which allows for low density housing with a minimum lot size of 500 square metres, will have long term benefits for the area.

“The estate will be master-planned with community facilities and open space to ensure the people who live there have a high quality of life and over time can build a healthy, connected community,” Ms Gibson said. 

“Medowie is a highly desirable place to live, and it will continue to be in future years.”

“The rezoning of this site, which has been strategically identified as an appropriate place to allow more housing, means the area can develop in a planned and orderly manner.

“We can meet goals set out in the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 to allow for sustainable growth, and at the same time protect the surrounding ecology – by containing residential development we can preserve the treasured nearby natural environment.” 

Open space and community facilities will be planned for at the development application stage, and the site, although close to Williamtown RAAF Base, is not restricted by aircraft noise limits. 

Council is currently assessing a development application, which will finalise details about future development on the site. 

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