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Future population growth in Singleton as safe as houses


With the Singleton population set to grow over the next 20 years, council is planning for the needs of the community into the future with the development of its draft Local Housing Strategy (LHS).

The document will set the vision for housing across the LGA (Local Government Area), ensuring a tactical approach to rural housing, urban and lifestyle living, housing diversity, supply and land-use opportunities.

Singleton Council’s director infrastructure and planning services Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr said the LHS would guarantee the housing needs of the growing community were met in a way that was sustainable, equitable and in line with residents’ values.

And, with a virtual workshop to take place on Wednesday 20 October and an online survey for the entire community to have input, everyone is encouraged to be part of the conversation.

“Singleton is centrally located in the Hunter Valley, making it an attractive lifestyle choice as a balance of city conveniences with all the benefits of rural living,” Mr Fitzpatrick-Barr said.

“So, it’s no wonder an estimated 6,000 more people will call Singleton home by 2042.

“As they migrate to our area, housing growth needs to be planned and managed in a way that maintains all of what we love about Singleton.

“It’s vital council provides a clear path for development including rural, affordable and diverse housing types that complement the area’s character and heritage.

“The Local Housing Strategy will also support the sustainable supply of housing for everyone at all income levels, and outline strategic growth areas like Branxton, Belford and Hunterview.”

Mr Fitzpatrick-Barr said while the plan focused on housing supply into the future, it was important current residents had input into setting the vision.

“It’s as simple as completing a short online survey or talking to us at the community workshop on 20 October where we’ll go over the purpose of the strategy and answer any questions people have,” he explained.

“We look forward to your feedback by 30 November.

“All the information we receive will be considered in the final draft document that will be publicly exhibited early next year.

“Once adopted, the strategy will provide the blueprint for the provision of housing across our LGA.”

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