Throsby Villages Alliance demands voice in Newcastle urban renewal strategy

AS the renewal of Newcastle is thrown into the spotlight with several major planning submissions closing soon, Throsby Villages Alliance wants to make sure it is not forgotten.

With development through the Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy and the flow-on effect in Honeysuckle and the West End, the five Throsby villages of Carrington, Islington, Maryville, Tighes Hill and Wickham are also expected to experience growth.

The alliance will hold a planning discussion on Monday to talk about the future of the villages in the region's planning.

Throsby Villages Alliance member Lyn Kilby said the proposed plans would be a trigger for change and development.

"We want to look after our neighbourhoods and make sure our neighbours receive the information," she said.

"We want to understand where we are heading as urban villages and that we are looked after with good planning."

The alliance has organised an interactive planning discussion open to the public with guest speakers Newcastle City Council senior strategic planner Patricia McCarthy and NSW Planning and Infrastructure Hunter and Central Coast general manager David Rowland.

Each will speak for 20 minutes on Throsby villages in the context of planning, in particular the Local Housing Strategy, Revitalising Newcastle and changes to state environment planning policies and Newcastle Development Control Plan.

There will be a chaired question time.

Ms Kilby said the meeting would be of interest to anyone living or working in the villages.

■ Throsby villages planning discussion open to the public, this Monday, March 31, Peaberry Coffee Roasters, 81 Maitland Road, Islington, 6.30pm.

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