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Published on 04 September 2023
NGS: Greenfields Housing Development Gets the Greenlight from Council
Northern Grampians Shire Council has approved a joint Planning Scheme Amendment and Planning Permit for Sherridon Homes to develop land on the Corner of Sloane Street and the Western Highway Stawell. The council worked with housing developer Sherridon Homes to prepare the Planning Scheme Amendment that, if approved by the Minister for Planning, will see the Sloane Street site rezoned from Rural Living to Neighbourhood Residential. Furthermore, the amendment, together with Planning Permits, will allow for urban growth and unlock 120 new residential lots in Stawell.
Most importantly, new housing has also been made possible by sewage infrastructure recently delivered by the council, with the support of the State Government and GWM Water.
Sherridon Homes will work with the council on the staged development of the site and have secured first stage planning approval to move forward.
Sherridon Homes Ballarat Regional Manager Ryan Pridham, said that a large portion of stage one contracts have been signed and stage two land will be released shortly. “We are thrilled to have started the civil construction on stage one at Fringelily Estate. We anticipate that construction of new homes will commence early in 2024,” said Ryan.
“Growth like this in the area has been bubbling away and discussed for some time but has now come to life. This will provide opportunities to the community of Stawell and beyond, not only the chance to build your new dream home but also to invest locally. Employment opportunities will also present themselves with the need for trade, suppliers to service this exciting new development,” said Ryan.
Mayor of Northern Grampians Shire Council, Cr Kevin Erwin is pleased with the outcome. “The development will deliver much needed housing. Housing shortage is consistently raised by our businesses as a major barrier to attracting and keeping staff. Based on our engagement with local businesses, Stawell and surrounds will need approximately 1,000 additional workers in Stawell in the coming few years. We just need to make sure we have somewhere for them to live,” Cr Erwin said.
The construction of stage one is forecasted to generate an additional 28 jobs and will add $7.2M of economic value to the Northern Grampians Shire economy. Future stages are expected to deliver similar economic flow on effects.
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