NEW residential land could soon be made available, with plans for a 41-lot subdivision in Kelso lodged with Bathurst Regional Council.
The development application (DA) proposes a 39-lot residential subdivision, new roads and two unserviced development lots across four lots off Wheatfield Drive, Kelso.
Three of the lots are owned by Ruce Pty Ltd and the other by Joseph and Teresa Sultana, with the applicant for the DA being Voerman & Ratsep.
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The land falls in the residential development area between Limekilns Road, Ashworth Drive and Emerald Drive, comprising a total land area of 30.6 hectares.
According to the Statement of Environmental Effects (SoEE), three of the lots were previously used for livestock grazing and fodder cropping.
The fourth lot was an orchard until the early 1960's and a piggery until the early 1970's. Since then, it has been used for livestock grazing.
All of the lots are currently vacant.
Given the previous use as a piggery, some remediation will be required to enable full residential land use.
"The landowner intends to clean up the contaminated area of the site prior to release of the subdivision," the SoEE said.
The SoEE said the land is suitable for residential development and the plans for a subdivision are consistent with the zone objectives.
"The proposed development complements and connects with adjoining existing, approved and proposed development sites," it said.
"The proposed lots in this application can be fully serviced and accessed. Further development on the site can proceed when the adjoining developments are completed and have downstream services available for connection.
"As demonstrated in this report, the proposal fits into the locality of residential land and the site attributes are conducive to development."
Residential lots are proposed to range between 630 and 952.8 square metres.
The subdivision comes at a time when Bathurst is experiencing a land shortage.
There are just a handful of residential lots available, while competition is also fierce for homes, with some being sold for over the asking price and others selling prior to hitting the market.
Raine and Horne Bathurst director Grant Maskill-Dowton has welcomed the news of the DA.
"The timing couldn't be better for something like that to be released and keep things going because, in my experience, we've certainly had land shortage before, but I don't recall it being like it is at the moment," he said.
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