Welcome to the refreshed and updated Wilton New Town major landowners website.
Balancing the best of rural and city living and attracting local employment opportunities, the major landowners have long advocated for the creation of a new town at the Wilton locality. Combined with quality local services, recreation and community facilities, it will be a thriving new town set against the natural backdrop of bushland, gorges and the Nepean River.
This website update is due to significant planning process changes by the NSW Government particularly the declaration of the Wilton Priority Growth Area as an Amendment to the Growth Centres State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) 2006. This followed the Greater Macarthur Land Release Investigation Preliminary Strategy & Action Plan undertaken by the NSW Government. Previously the proposal for Wilton Junction New Town had been a largely developer-led planning process under the Potential Homesites Program; it is now included as part of the Wilton Priority Growth Area.
The Wilton Priority Growth Area Amendment is a significant step in delivering high quality new housing, jobs close to home and supporting infrastructure and services at Wilton New Town.
In recognition of the locality’s high liveability and strategic position, the NSW Government has outlined potential expanded housing and employment opportunities in the Wilton Priority Growth Area. A map showing the expansion is available here and a comparison table is available here. The NSW Government is currently preparing a Draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy to support future rezoning of land.
The three major landowners in the Wilton Priority Growth Area will be continuing to work together with the NSW Government, Wollondilly Shire Council and other key stakeholders including the community, to deliver the new town.
We invite you to register your interest to receive updates on the community engagement page.
Wollondilly Shire Council has released the Wilton New Town Advocacy Paper which calls attention to the need for a highly coordinated approach to planning and infrastructure so that Wilton can become a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community. Read the landowner’s response to the paper here.
Self-contained town offering significant local employment in:
- a new major town centre
- additional employment land opportunities around Maldon
Protected waterways and biodiversity
Detailed land use and infrastructure planning is being undertaken by the Department of Planning & Environment
A ‘no-cost-to-government’ approach to infrastructure funding
Wilton New Town Facts
Wilton Junction is a new community cradled in a unique landscape characterised by bushland, rivers, creeks, lakes and ridges set against the backdrop of the Razorback Range. By design, the place and the lives of its people are intertwined with the bush.
To find out more, please see our factsheet.
A strong, integrated vision for Wilton has been refined and developed by the key major landowners, Bradcorp, Walker Corp and Governors Hill since 2011. The landowners submitted the locality for the Potential Homesites Program, an initiative of the NSW Government to deliver much needed housing.
The NSW Government endorsed a State Environmental Planning process, and working with the Government’s study requirements, the major landowners collaborated to develop a holistic and integrated vision that informed an evolving master planning process.
The NSW Department of Planning & Environment is currently preparing a draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy for Wilton. For more information see Government Approach.
An evolving masterplan
- High level of local employment (11,000+ local jobs in the major landowners previous rezoning proposal + an average of 1700 construction jobs at any one time)
- New strategic town centre preventing economic leakage from Wollondilly Shire (estimated at $130m/year)
- Strategy to grow local employment and deliver infrastructure
- Bio-diversity protection framework
- Integrated water management systems to maintain and enhance river health
- Developing sustainable human interaction with bio-diversity resources with walking and cycling trails
- Heritage protection
- Up to 11,200 good quality dwellings for residents
- High liveability with local access to goods and services including schools, childcare centres, health and community hubs
- Quality recreational opportunities including a multi-function recreational lake
- Promoting a healthy lifestyles with extensive walking and cycling facilities
- Upgrade to the Hume Highway and Picton Road Interchange
- Provision of new north facing ramps onto the Hume Highway, north of the existing interchange
- Upgrading of Picton Road
- A new public transport interchange in the town centre and associated park and ride facility
The landowners’ Masterplan is evolving and being refined, constantly striving for the best outcomes for the locality. The Department of Planning & Environment is due to publicly exhibit a Land Use & Infrastructure Strategy for the Wilton Priority Growth Area in the near future, which will provide a context for the further evolution of the Masterplan for Wilton New Town.
During this period, each of the major landowners has been developing more nuanced and innovative responses to further enhance the liveability and sustainability of the future communities. Details of the landowners planning refinements are provided in the links below.
Wilton New Town Interchange Design
The Department of Planning and Environment is working with Wollondilly Shire Council to progress planning for the new town at Wilton.
In July 2016, Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced that Wilton New Town would be declared a new growth area. This was formalised through an amendment to State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006.
In recognition of the strategic and lifestyle benefits of the locality, the Department of Planning and Environment outlined the vision for the new town as being a self-contained community with approximately 16,000 homes. This increase in new homes is due to the land area of the Wilton Priority Growth Area boundary being expanded beyond the major landowners’ vision.
A strategic town centre will offer a range of health, community, retail and commercial uses that will grow and develop over time. The Department has also expanded the potential employment areas around Maldon.
The Wilton Priority Growth Area Precinct Boundary Map is available here.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has advised that no land will be rezoned in the Wilton Priority Growth Area until satisfactory arrangements for the appropriate supporting infrastructure are in place under a ‘no cost to government’ approach.
The Department is currently preparing a Draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy to identify the necessary land uses and infrastructure required to support urban and employment development at Wilton.
This will include detailed infrastructure analysis to assess indicative costs, delivery timeframes and suitable infrastructure funding arrangements to support future development. The Draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy is anticipated to be available for public consultation to the first half of 2017.
The NSW Government is exploring the possibility of a Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) Scheme, which is an infrastructure contribution that will be levied to developers for the provision of state and regional infrastructure, such as regional road network upgrades.
Engagement with the community and other key stakeholders has been fundamental to the major landowners’ development of their evolving master plan.
Extensive engagement has taken place with key stakeholders including government agencies, Council and the community.
Community activities have included:
- Community drop-in sessions
- Website updates and feedback forms
- Meetings with adjacent landowners
- Dedicated email and phone contacts for enquiries.
The major landowners are committed to continue engaging with the community. You can register your interest, ask questions to the major landholders and be informed about future engagement activities as they are planned. Please note that any previous registrations remain on the system.
Further community and stakeholder engagement has been undertaken by the NSW Government. Information about this engagement process is available here.
The NSW Government’s draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy will inform the ultimate land uses and infrastructure provision. The Department of Planning and Environment has indicated that the Public exhibition of this will document will likely occur at the end of 2016. Updates directly from the Department of Planning and Environment can be obtained by here.