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Latest residential plan for Corrimal Coke Works site includes increased building heights

WOLLONGONG City Council is seeking community feedback on the draft Planning Proposal and Development Control Plan for the former Corrimal Coke Works site.

A number of documents for the former Coke Works site, located at 27 Railway Street, will be on public exhibition until Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

The draft Planning Proposal provides details about changes to zoning and development controls that are being sought for the former Coke Works site to allow medium density residential development.

In October 2020, Council deferred the previous draft Planning Proposal to address a number of concerns including issues with the proposed maximum number of dwellings and building height.

In April 2021, a revised Master Plan for the site was resubmitted to Council. Now, we’re moving onto the next stage of the process by placing the draft planning documents on public exhibition.

The draft Planning Proposal and Revised Master Plan includes plans to;

  • Apply new zones, including a medium density residential zone on part of the site
  • Increase the building height and floor space ratio controls
  • Introduce a minimum lot size standard
  • Traffic management
  • Realign the North Corrimal Creek
  • Preserve the history of the site
  • Manage natural areas that are home to a colony of flying foxes.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said it was essential community members who were interested in the proposal take the opportunity to provide their feedback directly to Council.

“These are important documents and it’s crucial that our community takes the opportunity to review the proposal for the site, ask questions and provide feedback,” Cr Bradbery said.

“We know there has been a lot of community interest in this proposal and this is an important opportunity to have your voice heard.

“The Corrimal Coke Works is an important site that has become part of the community’s shared history and heritage. That’s why in 2020, Council listed the site as a local heritage item in recognition of its unique industrial heritage. Importantly, the heritage listing will not be affected by the draft Planning Proposal” Cr Bradbery said.

“We know there is a lot of community interest in this project and it’s essential we involve our community in every step of the way as we consider the future redevelopment of the site.”

The draft Planning Proposal and other documents are available on the Our Wollongong website, or you can find out more by calling Council’s Customer Service Team on (02) 4227 7111.

Council staff are closely monitoring the local COVID situation and the roll-out of health orders. At this stage, Council is planning to hold three in person information sessions at Corrimal Community Centre in late July so people can speak directly to Council’s Officers.

These information sessions are not the same as public meetings – their purpose is to allow people time to speak directly with Council officers on their specific areas of interest.

“We recognise that there’s a lot of complex information in the Corrimal Coke Works draft Planning Proposal,” Cr Bradbery said.

“That’s why we’re holding these information sessions so that community members can ask questions about any concerns they may have and receive accurate, technical information.

“Bookings are essential for the information sessions, especially in light of the recent COVID restrictions. Make sure you book ahead of time so we can manage attendee numbers and ensure attendees and Council staff can remain COVID-safe.”

To attend an in-person information session, book your place by visiting the Our Wollongong website or calling Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.

If you would like to attend and have an accessibility or mobility requirements, let Council know how they can support your attendance. The Council can also arrange for an interpreter to come along to help residents who have difficulty communicating in English. To arrange support, contact (02) 4227 7111 or email engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au by Monday July 19, 2021.

INFORMATION SESSION DATES

  • Saturday 24 July at 3.30pm, 4.20pm and 5.10pm
  • Monday 26 July at 3.30pm, 4.20pm and 5.10pm
  • Tuesday 27 July at 1.30pm, 2.20pm and 3.20pm

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