23 November 2023

New homes and open space in sight for Bulli

Landcom’s plan to transform the former Bulli Hospital site are one step closer to reality with redevelopment of the site now on public exhibition.

Landcom Development Director Kate Denney said the project will provide 50 homes, helping to boost local housing supply.

“The former hospital site is close to Bulli railway station, schools, shops, and community facilities, making it an ideal location to deliver a mix of homes, for different lifestyles and budgets,” Ms Denney said.

“Issues with housing supply and affordability in the Illawarra, like the rest of NSW, are serious, and this project is a small but important step to help boost supply and tackle the housing crisis.

“This project delivers housing in an area supported by infrastructure, in a place where people want to live and work. It will include freestanding homes, manor homes, semi-detached homes, terraces, and above-garage studios, as well as 10% affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income households, such as the key workers who keep our cities and towns moving.

“In response to community concerns about traffic and parking in the area, Landcom has widened the proposed internal street to provide around 58 on-street parking spaces, while all new homes will have private off-street parking.

“We understand the community’s concerns and their feedback has helped shape the concept plan for the site.

“Locals will also have access to more open space with a new 2,500sqm park among the mature turpentine trees at the highest part of the site that will provide fantastic views towards the coast.

“The site’s history will be recognised and celebrated through a mix of information displays, interpretive signage, and reused materials from the former hospital buildings.

Sustainability considerations include extensive planting of native trees, shrubs and grasses within the new park and landscaping, and water management is integrated in the landscape through terraced rain gardens and stormwater retention basins.”

Demolition of the site’s existing buildings began in May, with remediation works to start as soon as practical once approved by Council.

Earthworks, landscaping, and subdivision works to support new homes will follow, once approved, with the first housing lot sales anticipated in 2025. 

The plans are on display through Wollongong City Council until 6 December.

Landcom will continue to keep neighbours and the community informed as planning and construction progresses.

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