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Future liveability and amenity of Wickham enhanced

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Maintaining Wickham’s inner-city suburban character is paramount to City of Newcastle (CN) moving forward.

And, the future liveability, public domain and amenity of the area were at the centre of updates to the Newcastle Development Control Plan (DCP), which was adopted by councillors this week.

Following a month-long public exhibition period, additional planning controls consistent with the Wickham Masterplan have been added to the DCP (Section 6.03 Wickham), including requirements for all developments in the suburb to upgrade their open domain frontages to CN’s specifications. 

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the amendments responded to community feedback to achieve a shared vision for the precinct’s urban renewal. 

“This is welcome news for residents and the community of Wickham,” he explained.

“They’ve advocated for Wickham’s urban renewal with a clear vision from the start.

“Creating community infrastructure with upgraded footpaths and better-connected green spaces as part of all developments, to CN specifications, will protect the Village Hub atmosphere. 

“The updates to the DCP are consistent with the Wickham Masterplan and Newcastle 2040: Community Strategic Plan for a liveable Newcastle with enriched neighbourhoods and places of enjoyment.” 

Along with the adopted DCP relating to Wickham, City of Newcastle is currently preparing a comprehensive public domain proposal for the suburb.

The plan will increase amenity and safety in the area and include traffic, transport and road configuration changes in line with the Wickham Masterplan.  

Community engagement is scheduled to start towards the end of 2022. 

City of Newcastle manager regulatory, planning and assessment Michelle Bisson said CN was committed to delivering good planning outcomes for Wickham residents and the community.  

“Wickham’s identity is continuing to evolve and take shape as it transitions from a semi-industrial suburban area into a thriving urban neighbourhood that supports the revitalisation of Newcastle’s West End,” she stated.

“It is great to see CN’s shared vision with the community progressing and we look forward to the next stage in the planning pathway. 

“Further community input into the public domain plan for Wickham will ensure we meet future growth associated with the precinct.”

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