Town keeps on growing

NEW Norfolk’s housing stock continues to build, with a subdivision of 52 allotments rising on McLeod Street on the town’s eastern side.

The second stage of the development, some 14 units, is due for completion next month, and doubles the number of units on the McLeod Street property. The development is a mix of privately owned homes as well as social and affordable housing. The site is owned by the State Government through its Communities Tasmania agency, with the housing itself being built and managed by Centacare Evolve Housing, part of the Archdiocese of Hobart.

Centacare Evolve Housing owns or manages more than 1700 properties throughout Tasmania, including a significant number in New Norfolk; many are social housing and allocated from the Housing Connect waiting list. In addition to the housing units and associated public roadways and infrastructure, the site has two areas of open space.

The subdivision features a mixture of allotment sizes which provide for a variety of housing types, and caters for different household needs and lifestyles. The Centacare development complements the large-scale housing development of The Mills, off the southern approach to New Norfolk, which when complete will add more than 700 new homes to the town.

At the last census, the town had some 2500 residences, so the new growth in house numbers is seen as significant. The McLeod Street property is close to the IGA Xpress New Norfolk, and within walking distance of the New Norfolk town centre, retail stores and civic services such as the Derwent Valley Council Chambers and New Norfolk library Centacare said the third stage of the development is proposed to include 10 lots. Once complete, it will house more than 100 residents.