New family homes are vital to combat housing shortages

Local families will have access to high quality housing choices as well as unique lifestyle opportunities under a proposal to redevelop the derelict Corrimal Coke Works industrial site into a residential community.

With demand for quality housing remaining strong within the region, Illawarra Coke Company (ICC) and Legacy Property have designed a 5-Star Green Star Rated community featuring 550 new homes supported by significant open space and community infrastructure.

The proposal aligns with the key priorities outlined in Wollongong City Council’s Draft Housing and Affordable Housing Options Paper (2020) of increasing housing stock diversity, planning for future housing growth and increasing the supply of affordable rental housing.

ICC Director Kate Strahorn said the vision for the Corrimal Coke Works is to create an inclusive community that welcomes people from all walks of life.

“People’s housing needs in the Illawarra are changing and the supply of suitable housing choices is not keeping up with changing and increasing demand,” she said.

“By creating a mix of housing types we can ensure that the revitalisation of the Corrimal Coke Works supports the current and future housing needs of the local community.”

The revitalisation of the Corrimal Coke Works will draw on the expertise of a team of leading urban and landscape architects to ensure that designs reflect the local attributes of Corrimal and the site, and set a new benchmark in the Illawarra region.

The proposal includes a broad range of homes to reflect changing lifestyles and household sizes. These include studio to four-bedroom apartments, two to four-bedroom terrace houses and a selection of affordable rental housing options for key workers such as teachers, nurses and emergency service workers.

“We understand that part of delivering a high-quality home is providing strong community infrastructure to enable families to enjoy the lifestyle they want,” Ms Strahorn said.

“That’s why our design for the site includes more than $22 million of public benefits such as new parks, pedestrian and cycleways, playgrounds and an amphitheatre. More than 50 percent of the site will be set aside for the establishment of new high-quality parkland. At just over nine hectares, this equates to roughly nine WIN Stadium fields of new, green, open space for the local community to enjoy.”

Legacy Property Head of Strategy and Acquisitions Mike Williams said the Corrimal Coke Works site is uniquely placed to offer housing options for a broad range of local families.

“We hear from many local residents who want to downsize while continuing to live in the community they know with access to the services they rely on,” he said. “This project can provide the high-quality housing choices they are seeking that currently don’t exist in the market.

“The Corrimal Coke Works will also be an ideal place for younger professionals and families to get onto the property ladder and make their home. It offers all the convenience for a modern lifestyle with easy access to
schools, local shops, health services and sporting facilities, as well as the connection to the beach and escarpment that makes Corrimal a great place to live.”

MMJ North Director Greg Ellul said the proposed Corrimal Coke Works rezoning would help address the shortage of housing in the region while rehabilitating a large and disused property into a vibrant community asset.

“We are getting a lot of enquiries from younger people who are looking to move out of home for the first time,” he said. “For them, the positioning of the homes proposed for the Corrimal Coke Works site would be ideal because of the access they provide. The fact you can easily walk to the main town centre and down to the beach would appeal to a broad range of people looking to get into the market.

“The site at the moment has no benefit to the Corrimal community but it certainly has potential.”

To learn more about the Corrimal Coke Works rezoning proposal, visit our virtual community information centre or contact the Community Liaison Representative Gabrielle Andrews on 0483 822 077 or email.

The Draft Planning Proposal (rezoning) for the Corrimal Coke Works is on formal public exhibition until 31 August 2021. For copies of the Planning Proposal and supporting technical studies click here.

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