Illawarra Coke Company has today lodged a planning proposal with Wollongong City Council to rezone Corrimal Coke Works.
The plan includes a range of housing options, neighbourhood shops, childcare, cafes and local services.
Since the coke works closed in 2014, expert consultants have been engaged to determine the opportunities for the land. They’ve come up with a concept-plan that includes a range of low-rise housing options to deliver affordable and sustainable housing.
Illawarra Coke Company is proposing 11 hectares of the land be re-zoned R3 Medium Density Residential and seven hectares (39% of the property) to be dedicated green space.
The plan says “Rezoning this land will ensure a viable and sustainable mix of residential development that will also be able to accommodate small-scale neighbourhood and commuter oriented services such as neighbourhood shops and childcare, ultimately transforming a dilapidated and underutilised property into a vibrant and activated part of the community.”
Heritage elements of the property will be retained and celebrated in a public plaza, and every effort will be made to retain the historic brick chimney near the railway line.
ICC Director Kate Strahorn says the Corrimal Cokeworks is an outstanding opportunity to provide affordable and sustainable housing close to public transport. “The development of housing will enliven the station precinct through complementary provision of small scale transit-related retail services.
” Illawarra Coke Company is proud to put forward this well considered concept plan which will ultimately transform an underutilised property into a vibrant and activated part of the community.”
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR COALCLIFF?
According to the Illawarra Coke Company, they’re still carrying out detailed investigations and conducting community consultation to better understand the property in Coalcliff before they decide on appropriate land use.
“Whilst we are recommending medium density housing for Corrimal, we do not feel this would be appropriate at Coalcliff. Despite the Corrimal and Coalcliff properties sharing similar histories, the different environmental and community context will dictate a different set of recommendations for the Coalcliff Cokeworks property.
“We will continue to provide Coalcliff residents with updates as our ideas evolve.”