Changes to Calderwood concept plan now on public exhibition

ON DISPLAY: Lendlease’s general manager of Communities NSW/ACT Arthur Ilias at the opening of the Display Home Village at Lendlease’s Calderwood Valley last year. Picture: Adam McLean

ON DISPLAY: Lendlease’s general manager of Communities NSW/ACT Arthur Ilias at the opening of the Display Home Village at Lendlease’s Calderwood Valley last year. Picture: Adam McLean

The community can have their say on modified plans that propose an additional 1700 homes and changes to the delivery of some infrastructure at Calderwood. 

Calderwood developers Lendlease recently applied to NSW Planning to put up to 7000 homes on the land where 4800 dwellings are already approved.

In 2010, a concept plan was approved for an urban development at Calderwood.

Now, Lendlease have submitted a request to modify the concept plan, seeking approval for additional housing supply.  

Calderwood Valley is located between the Illawarra Highway and Marshall Mount Road. 

The Calderwood land release falls in both the Wollongong and Shellharbour council areas, with about two-thirds in Shellharbour.

The proposed modifications include: 

*An increased number of dwellings from about 4800 to approximately 6500.

*An increased gross floor area for retail in the town centre from 20,000sqm to 25,000sqm. 

*Inclusion of retirement living units and aged care homes, potentially in the north-east portion of the site.

*An increased provision of open space from 33.2ha to 47.4ha.

*Changes to the approved development control strategy.

*Modifications to the approved road network and additional road infrastructure, including the upgrade of Calderwood Road.

*A decreased size of one primary school site from 3ha to 2ha.

*Extension on the timeframe to deliver the high school to the year 2031.

*A commitment to achieving a five-six star green star communities rating or equivalent, instead of the previous commitment to install a solar farm or co (tri) generation plant within the town centre.

*State and local voluntary planning agreement amendments and additional monetary contributions towards library facilities in Shellharbour.

The Minister for Planning is the approval authority in this instance.  

Lendlease’s general manager, Communities NSW/ACT Arthur Ilias said given their original application for Calderwood Valley was approved in 2010, “we have lodged a modification so the development better reflects the needs of the local community”.

“The modification does not change the development footprint of the current concept plan,” he said. 

“Our modification will create more affordable homes and deliver greater diversity in the housing options available to the local community. This will provide further opportunities for first home buyers as well as downsizers who wish to stay in the area.

“This modification is the result of thorough consultation with government agencies, councils and the community. The exhibition period provides everyone with the opportunity to have their say.”

The modification to the Calderwood Concept Plan is on public exhibition until October 11.

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Hard copies can be viewed at the Shellharbour and Wollongong council chambers.