SPACE for a new school and a neighbourhood activity centre are to be incorporated in a master plan for the future development of the Laffing Waters precinct, east of Bathurst.
Laffing Waters has been earmarked as the area for greatest residential growth in the Bathurst local government area as the region’s booming population heads towards an estimated 53,361 by 2036.
Data from consultants idcommunity shows Laffing Waters was home to 2404 dwellings in 2016, with forecast growth of almost 1000 new homes over the next two decades.
Bathurst Regional Council has begun negotiations with Tract Consulting Pty Ltd as its preferred tenderer to develop a master plan for the greenfield area north of the existing estate to map out residential subdivisions and public facilities.
General manager David Sherley said council had sought tenders from experienced consultants to prepare the master plan but had not accepted any of them during a confidential meeting last week.
The land for the next stage of the Laffing Waters subdivision is bound by Marsden Lane to the south and Sofala Road to the east on the north-eastern side of Bathurst.
“The project area includes council and privately-owned land and the master plan, once completed, will enable the implementation of the Bathurst 2036 Housing Strategy,” Mr Sherley said.
“The scope of works for the project will incorporate best practice urban design principles, specifically for the design of the next stages of residential subdivisions in the area, medium density housing, a neighbourhood activity centre, the best location for a future school along with open space for the residents.
“The master plan will cover both the residential precinct and associated community infrastructure.”
The idcommunity data forecasts an extra 4578 dwellings will be built in the Bathurst LGA between 2016 and 2036.
Laffing Waters is expected to have the highest growth with 943 dwellings, followed by Bathurst Central (705), Abercrombie/Llanarth (696) and Eglinton (600).
The expected growth to the east of the city will put further pressure on local infrastructure. One area sure to come under increased attention is the push for a new crossing over the Macquarie River, or further pressure to expand Hereford Street to four lanes and upgrade the low level bridge.
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