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Branxton Subregional Land Use Strategy

Branxton Subregional Land Use Strategy

The Branxton Subregional Land Use Strategy (BSLUS) was adopted by Council at its Ordinary Meeting held 15 June 2016.

The Branxton Subregional Land Use Strategy and Structure Plan aims to guide future development within the Branxton Subregion (the Subregion) encompassing land within both the Cessnock and Singleton Local Government Area (LGA), through a period of increasing growth and change. The establishment of a new town at Huntlee and opening of the Hunter Expressway in 2014, may see the population of the Subregion more than double by 2041. This growth will influence the future role and function of the Subregion's traditional settlements at Branxton and Greta.

The BSLUS outlines a vision, objectives and benchmarks for land use planning and development within the Subregion to 2041. It is supported by a Structure Plan providing more detailed considerations for specific growth areas and an indicative program to guide the servicing and release of lands for development in the coming years. Actions to effect the changes identified in the Strategy and Structure Plan have also been identified, and will be prioritised through Cessnock and Singleton Councils' work programs.  Some of the key findings of the BSLUS include the fact there is sufficient land currently zoned to support urban development to 2041, and that an emphasis should be placed on the infill of urban development, rather than the release of further greenfield development areas.  The BSLUS is accompanied by a Masterplan for the Branxton Town Centre, offering a vision for future development supported by the Branxton community. The Masterplan will be used to inform future development controls and public domain infrastructure upgrades to the Branxton Town Centre.

The BSLUS demonstrates Cessnock and Singleton Councils integrated approach to planning and managing the delivery of new housing, jobs, services and facilities to realise benefits for communities across the whole Subregion.

Copies of the Branxton Subregional Land Use Strategy are available to view via the links below. Hard copies may be viewed at Council’s Administration Centre, Cessnock Library or Kurri Kurri Library.