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Wickham’s Village Hub precinct set for expansion

The Village Hub precinct expansion in Wickham is set to turn a semi-industrial suburb into an urban residential neighbourhood.

That’s the aim of the expansion that is part of the Wickham Masterplan that was first developed in 2017 in partnership with the community.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the Wickham Masterplan is an important tool for bringing vital community infrastructure to Wickham, while also protecting the suburb’s village character and feel.

“The community told us that retaining the character of key areas like the Village Hub was vital, and the updated Masterplan reflects this with a revision of housing types and expansion of the Village Hub precinct,” Cr Nelmes said.

“The updated Wickham Masterplan also takes into consideration the importance of community infrastructure including new footpaths and cycleways, and green space, with a related Public Domain Plan now underway to clarify requirements for coordinated streetscape renewal, including footpaths, roads and tree plantings.”

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the updated Wickham Masterplan addresses the challenges and opportunities that have arisen since the original Masterplan was developed in 2017.

“Wickham continues to attract new residents. The updated Masterplan guides the way that Wickham grows and takes shape, taking advantage of its connection to public transport, the CBD, harbour and great parks,” Cr Clausen said.

Councillors will vote on the updated Wickham Masterplan at Tuesday’s Ordinary Council meeting.