$20 Million Jobs And Housing Boost For Ballarat

New housing and a boost to the city’s construction industry have been delivered through approval for a new $20 million development in Ballarat.

A planning permit, granted by Minister for Planning Richard Wynne, will allow for a good mix of new housing to be built on St Pauls Way, Bakery Hill, an underused site close to the CBD.

The proposal was considered by an independent planning panel and was found to be consistent with local and state plans, including the Central Highlands Regional Growth Plan and Plan Melbourne.

The $20 million development will provide 77, one, two and three bedroom apartments, 18 townhouses as well as new pedestrian and bicycle links through the site, connecting the area to the CBD.

Encouraging sustainable development in appropriate infill sites like this will help to more sustainably meet the needs of Victoria’s growing population, reduce urban sprawl, provide a better mix of housing options and promote jobs in Ballarat.

Ballarat’s population is expected to grow to 139,600 people by 2031 and this development reflects the demand for new housing.

The Andrews Labor Government announced a $518 million upgrade to duplicate the Ballarat railway line between Deer Park West and Melton in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, reflecting the need for infrastructure to support regional growth.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

“This development will deliver new family friendly housing options close to the CBD and provide a real economic boost to the area.”

“Good planning makes sure we prepare for the future population demand of our state while maintaining liveability.”

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