Huntley Colliery redevelopment: 105 houses for Greg Norman golf resort

A Huntley marketing image from 2015, when a previous subdivision plan was lodged with the council.
A Huntley marketing image from 2015, when a previous subdivision plan was lodged with the council.

Long held plans to transform the old Huntley Colliery with hundreds of housing lots could finally be realised, with a new application to subdivide the West Dapto site lodged with Wollongong City Council.

The subdivision is the first residential stage of a multi-million golfing and housing development which has been in the works for more than a decade.

The Sydney-based, Chinese-backed Visionary Investment Group, which now owns the land, recently submitted a revised plan to build 105 separate lots in the first stage of The Huntley development.

An 18-hole golf course, designed by Greg Norman, has been under construction for some time in the centre of the housing site following approval from authorities in 2011.

The development sits on the former site of the Huntley Colliery, which was closed in 1989.

According to the VIG Group future plans for the site include apartments, a 124-room hotel and a retail component.

However, the development, which encompasses about 500 hectares in the Avondale area, has stalled in the past few years. 

Plans to subdivide the first housing release into 156 individual lots were first lodged in 2015, when real estate agents started marketing the homes. 

However these plans were later withdrawn. The new proposal does not explain the reasons behind the delay in submitting new plans.

In comparison to previous versions of the Stage 1 subdivision, the number of housing lots has been decreased.

Lot sizes have been increased “to ensure that each lot is of sufficient size to accommodate a dwelling when slop constraints are taken into account and to provide for greater amenity”, and the layout of roads has been adjusted.

The average lot sizes will vary from 410 sqaure metres for homes to the south of the golf course, to 654 square metres at the north of the site. 

Main access to the site will be from Avondale Road, with a new roundabout to be constructed at the intersection of Avondale and Avondale Colliery Roads. 

The plans will be on public exhibition through the council’s website until March 31.