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Cessnock Residential Feasibility Analysis

The purpose of the study was to assist Council in understanding residential development feasibility across a range of development scenarios under existing land zoning controls, and to identify, through a capacity assessment, whether Cessnock Council’s existing planning controls can accommodate and meet the forecast housing needs to cater for projected dwelling targets as set out in the Hunter Regional Plan 2041.


Cessnock City Council (Council) were undertaking a comprehensive review of their Cessnock Local Environmental Plan 2011 and Cessnock Development Control Plan 2010. As part of this work Council sought to verify whether existing planning controls are suitable to facilitate sufficient dwelling development to meet the forecast dwelling demand over the next 20 years.


AEC researched the viability of alternative dwelling types through feasibility testing to confirm alternative dwelling development that could potentially be viable throughout Cessnock LGA. We also investigated the areas that are most appropriate in providing the potential additional housing typologies based on development feasibility testing.


AEC then mapped existing land supply to quantify the potential dwelling supply under existing residential development controls. This mapping also considered availability of necessary infrastructure, physical constraints of allotments, and other constraints mapping such as flooding, bushfire risk, etc.

We were able to provide Council a forecast of dwelling capacity able to be delivered under existing zoning, as well as mapping that latent future capacity to inform Council’s forward planning.





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