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Desane lodges plans with Council
PROPERTY firm Desane Group Holdings Ltd has lodged a Planning Proposal for a ‘Lifestyle Village’ on its 1.2ha site at 91 Thornton Drive, Penrith, bringing integrated living, working and community lifestyle opportunities, within a 15-minute walk of the Penrith CBD.
The plan includes a mix of medical, preventative health and home-based employment opportunities, as well as affordable and market housing dwellings and aligns with State and Local Government strategic plans.
Importantly for the Region, the project also includes the provision of sought-after viable affordable housing, with Desane’s discussions with a number of leading Community Housing Providers (CHPs) highlighting that almost 11,000 additional social and affordable dwellings are required in the Penrith LGA over the next 15 years.
“Government, including local Councils, have the opportunity to work with the private market to significantly increase the supply of affordable housing,” said Desane’s Head of Property, Rick Montrone.
“The ‘tenure-blind’ (meaning no explicit external] indicators of tenure type in design and layout) is a key component of affordable housing as part of this Proposal aims to deliver that to the local community.
“Desane is pleased that the Proposal will contribute to a more sustainable outcome by delivering local jobs to ensure residents are able to live and work in their community, as well as delivering social and environmental benefits for the residents of Thornton and the wider Penrith community.”
Mr Montrone said the project will deliver:
• 71 knowledge based local jobs in medical, preventative health and home-based employment areas providing complementary services to the Nepean Health Precinct;
• 273 new dwellings including approximately 30 ‘tenure-blind’ affordable dwellings;
• Activation of the adjacent wetland park and historic Combewood House as part of the design linking to a future ‘Green Network’ of cycle and walking pathways to the Nepean River; and
• Environmental performance through the introduction of sustainability measures including water sensitive urban design, increased reflectivity and green rooftop gardens aimed at mitigating Penrith’s ‘heat island’ effect.
The Proposal is currently being considered by Penrith Council.


Michael Walls
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