Uniting’s $300m seniors’ housing development in Charlestown receives state approval

Charlestown Street View

Uniting has received State Significant Development Approval (SSDA) from the NSW Government for a $300 million seniors’ housing development in Charlestown, Greater Newcastle, NSW.

The project, situated on the former TAFE campus, will comprise 120 residential aged care beds, numerous independent living units, and assisted living services. This marks a landmark approval under the new Housing State Environmental Planning Policy.

Uniting’s Director of Property and Housing, Simon Furness, highlighted the increasing demand for retirement living options.

“Almost one in three people in the Lake Macquarie region is aged over 55, and the number of people aged 65 and over is expected to increase by almost 30 per cent over the next 20 years.”

Simon Furness, Director of Property and Housing, Uniting

The development aligns with the vision of Lake Macquarie Council, strategically located near existing services and transport. It includes four buildings, ranging from 5 to 14 storeys, featuring community facilities, a pool, clubhouse, rooftop with BBQ area, and healthcare amenities.

Mayor Kay Fraser emphasised its contribution to housing needs and employment opportunities.

“It’s close to existing services, shops and transport, it addresses our growing need for new
housing and it will be a driver of employment for many years to come,” she said.

Uniting expects the project to create 600 jobs during construction and an additional 150 upon completion.

Uniting plans to double its independent living units to around 6,000 in the next decade. The construction tender process begins in early 2024, aiming for a builder appointment by late 2024, with construction slated to commence in early 2025.


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