Hunter Regional Plan supports Cessnock City’s growth

Cessnock City Council welcomed the release of the Hunter Regional Plan 2036, last Friday by NSW Minister for Planning Rob Stokes. 

Cessnock City Council welcomed the release of the Hunter Regional Plan 2036, last Friday by NSW Minister for Planning Rob Stokes.

A clear plan forward has been set for Cessnock City's key assets and planning opportunities for the next 20 years, with an expected growth from 56,000 to 70,000 residents by 2036.

With directions to support the growing viticulture and tourism industry in the local government area (LGA), the Plan identifies Kurri Kurri and Cessnock as 'Strategic Centres' and ensures planning priority and infrastructure.   

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent is pleased to see strategies developed by Council incorporated into the Plan and Council's formal submission to the draft plan acknowledged.  

"This is a promising outcome for our local government area and it is great to see Cessnock City Council’s planning initiatives recognised in the new regional plan," said Cr Pynsent.   

Cessnock City Council is also pleased the NSW Department of Planning and Environment has prioritised the review of the Hunter Special Infrastructure Contributions Plan ensuring effective planning and allocation of resources for infrastructure projects in key growth areas within the LGA.   

Cessnock City Council will also be working with adjoining Councils to plan for and deliver the Richmond Vale Rail Trail Cycleway project.  

"We look forward to working with NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Hunter Development Corporation, affiliated agencies and other Hunter Councils to help deliver this plan."   

To view the Hunter Regional Plan visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au  

21 October 2016