The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) has approved modified plans for Warner Business Park – a new industrial park at Warnervale.
The proposed development comprises 90 lots in total split across two stages.
The Department has approved the introduction of four sub stages for stage one which would develop 69 lots.
Stage two (21 lots) is not impacted by the modification and is expected to be developed sometime in the future.
Approval includes an updated flooding and stormwater plan to bring design up to current Council requirements.
Requirements have changed since the original project was approved more than a decade ago.
However, the current requirements of Council’s Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy for the Wyong Employment Zone have not yet been completed into an updated document.
Therefore, the developer will be relying on the objectives outlined in correspondence with Council, according to papers lodged with the DPE.
Three watercourses traverse the site.
Rainwater tanks will be installed on all industrial lots as part of a much larger water management plan.
The industrial park land is bound by Sparks Road, Hue Hue Road, Kiar Ridge Road and the F3 Freeway (screenshot).
The project includes:
• Torrens title subdivision to create 90 lots for industrial and ancillary uses;
• Bulk earthworks including site preparation, vegetation clearing and site remediation;
• Provision of on-site infrastructure including stormwater, roads and service infrastructure;
• Landscape works and rehabilitation of conservation areas;
• Dedication of conservation lands to Council;
• Construction of two site entries at Sparks Road and Hue Hue Road;
• Construction of a bridge across Buttonderry Creek; and
• Temporary stockpiling.
Original approval was granted in 2010 and physical commencement was deemed to have started in 2015.
Council came under criticism earlier this year when it was revealed it had sold the stage one subdivision of 69 lots to Winarch Capital which quickly onsold the lots at a profit.
Winarch, on its website under key project highlights, states that 25 lots were sold within one day and another 25 lots sold out within three days.
Winarch Capital says in its most recent update, as of May 30, that work to clear the land has begun, with the wet weather slowing progress.