NSW Planning Minister Tony Kelly approved the Newcastle-Lake Macquarie Western Corridor planning strategy today which encompasses a 20 kilometre-long corridor from Beresfield to Killingworth.
The plan comes after rounds of workshops held with the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie councils, plus the Hunter Development Corporation, Coal & Allied and Xstrata who all own most of the land.
A future freight hub is slated in the northern section of the corridor around black Hill, which will lift employment.
Residential areas are expected to be built in the central part of the corridor around Minmi, Wallsend and Edgeworth.
Employment lands are earmarked for the southern section around West Wallsend and Killingworth.
But a “residential investigation area” near the two towns will also be supported by the strategy to ensure there is a buffer between existing suburbs and the slated employment area.
“The strategy supports housing, jobs, environmental protection and infrastructure and will be used to inform new rezoning decisions,” Kelly said.
“This is a good example of the NSW government working with local councils and other stakeholders to plan for the future of an important corridor.
“The western corridor lands should play an important part in helping to meet the Lower Hunter’s housing targets to 2031, along with the need for additional employment lands.”
Kelly said the strategy would also shield the expansion of existing conservation areas.
“It also clearly lays out the necessary health, road, power and education infrastructure which is likely to be required to service these new urban areas.”