THE NSW Government has approved a concept plan which proposes a $141 million residential, commercial and retail development at Bilambil Heights. The proposed development will include approximately 1,600 new dwellings.
Planning Minister Tony Kelly also said a separate residential subdivision has also been approved on a former quarry site within Bilambil Village, allowing for 48 residential lots and other community infrastructure and works. He said the two proposals would be important in achieving housing and employment targets in the Government's Far North Coast Regional Strategy.
The approved concept plan, for a 187 hectare site at Bilambil Heights, has been identified by Tweed Shire Council for development since 1991. Once completed, the developed would include 1,604 residential dwellings, a 200 bed nursing home, nearly 5,000 square metres of retail space; 5,300 of commercial space and nearly 40 hectares of open space and conservation lands.
The Far North Coast Regional Strategy identifies the region's population will grow by more than 60,000 by 2031. Mr Kelly said the Tweed Shire "will require a further 19,100 dwellings over this period and this development represents an important contribution to meeting that target."
Mr Kelly said the concept plan had been exhibited and approved concurrently with a State significant site (SSS) proposal, which rezones and establishes appropriate development standards for the site. He said this process delivered greater clarity for the public and allowed a more streamlined planning process.
With the concept plan approved by the NSW Government, Tweed Shire Council will now be the consent authority for future development applications for the remaining stages of the project.