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On track: Newcastle needs 20,000 new homes by 2041

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Newcastle is set to become home to an additional 41,150 residents in less than two decades, the numbers requiring an extra 20,000 new dwellings. 

By 2041 the former steel city is expected to have a population of 202,050. 

At this week’s ordinary council meeting, City of Newcastle opted to support the Development Control Plan (DCP) 2023 to guide decision-making on city design elements to adequately accommodate the expected influx of community members. 

The plan features improvements to design guidelines with a focus on sustainability, environment and accessibility. 

It’s hoped the policy will minimise the impact of extreme heat on the community, encourage more active modes of transport, and address the needs of ageing people or those with mobility needs. 

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said council’s endorsement was the result of a collaborative effort with the Liveable Cities Advisory Committee, DCP Working Party, industry stakeholders and the wider community. 

“This is the most comprehensive review we have undertaken,” she explained.  

“Extensive community and industry consultation has helped inform key features of the final DCP, which in the long term will deliver better outcomes for the community in alignment with CN priorities, including the Newcastle 2040: Community Strategic Plan, the Local Strategic Planning Statement and best practice guidelines.” 

The Newcastle DCP 2023 details guidelines to enhance sustainable housing development, as well as reduce emissions and climate change impacts. 

Increased accessibility is included in the plan create new liveable housing as well.  

Councillor and chair of the DCP Working Party Dr Elizabeth Adamczyk said the DCP 2023 would future-proof the city, ensuring building developments are people-centred and climate ready.  

“The new controls to support biodiversity and address urban heat will deliver real outcomes for our local environment and our community by promoting healthy and sustainable buildings and outdoor spaces,” she added. 

“The infrastructure that supports this is vital to people with diverse mobility and ability needs and will combine with greater access to active and public transport to ease traffic congestion, reduce parking stress and improve our health and air quality.” 

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