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Community invited to give feedback on the future of Argyll Estate

Community consultation will begin today on the fast-tracked rezoning for the Argyll Estate.

The NSW Government is inviting community feedback on the project, set to address housing supply in the area and support the Coffs Harbour community.

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the rezoning will enable the NSW Government to create new social and private housing that better suits the needs of the community, including the elderly and young families.

“Housing supply and affordability is front of mind for people across all of NSW, but particularly in places like Coffs Harbour. There is a real challenge for us to meet the social needs of the Coffs community,” Mr Roberts said.

“I am extremely proud of the collaboration between government and council to fast-track the process to 12 months, instead of three years. That’s not possible without a shared vision.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Deputy Premier and Member for Coffs Harbour, Gurmesh Singh, said housing availability, particularly affordable housing, has prompted the need to look at solutions beyond the traditional family cottage.

“I’m hearing from people who need homes – particularly one and two-bedroom homes and that it is extremely difficult to find a place to live in the area,” Mr Singh said.

“This is why we are undertaking this project - it will help pave the way for new homes and importantly allow more opportunities in the region, which is a win for everyone.”

Coffs Harbour City Council Acting General Manager Chris Chapman said the community consultation aligns with Council’s Local Growth Management Strategy.

“The examination of the Argyll Estate Precinct for development is consistent with council’s vision to provide a coordinated and strategic approach to cater for growth in the region,” Mr Chapman said.

In April 2021, the NSW Government called for Expressions of Interest from the private sector to deliver new social and private homes, through the renewal of the Argyll Estate.

Respondents were notified in late 2021 of the EOI outcome, and the shortlisted parties will be invited to participate in a selected tender process, which is the next phase of the project expected to commence in mid-2022.

The community consultation is open until 5pm on Tuesday 15 March.

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