Work will start early next year on $1.2 billion housing project
MORE than 3000 homes will be built north of the Two Wells township in the proposed $1.2 buillion Hickinbotham housing development.
Work on the project, which received State government approval in late August, is expected to begin early next year.
A new private school will be constructed, community sports facilities and world-class playground established.
Thousands of jobs will be created and industries such as retail, manufacturing and health are also set to benefit over the next 20 years.
The 400-hectare site is about 800 metres north of the existing Two Wells township and will be linked with new road infrastructure and possibly walking and bike trails.
District Council of Mallala (DCM) will create three new development zones to accommodate the development, including a Suburban Neighbourhood Zone, Residential Zone and Rural Living Zone.
The Suburban Neighbourhood Zone will provide land for a variety of smaller housing types, while the Rural Living Zone will see larger blocks from 1200sqm up to one hectare in size.
Hickinbotham Group managing director, Michael Hickinbotham, said government approval of the Development Plan Amendment (DPA) was the result of nearly six years of close co-operation between the council, the Hickinbotham Group, the State government and the community.
“It will ensure growth of the existing Two Wells community is well-managed and co-ordinated, with local services and local jobs to benefit the town and region,” he said.
“This is the right decision at the right time.”
Mr Hickinbotham said growth in the area would generate regional job opportunities during the next two decades and provide a much-needed source of labour for the area’s horticultural industry.
“The collaboration between all parties will help ensure growth will complement Two Wells and strengthen job growth in the region,” he said.
“The Hickinbotham Group has been working with the Council and the community since 2007 to ensure the expansion of the Two Wells township is well-planned and meets the community’s growing needs.”
In the past two years DCM, in conjunction with Hickinbotham, held a number of “placemaking” workshops, where residents, businesses and community groups were encouraged to be involved in the development’s planning process.
“The ‘placemaking’ sessions captured what local people want as the community grows,” Mr Hickinbotham said.
“Growth at Two Wells has been rigorously tested to ensure it will not burden council and the community.”