Tighes Hill & Black Hill Approvals from Newcastle Council
July 21, 2021
An $18.6 million proposed development set to take up vacant land at the former Mobil depot at Tighes Hill is one step closer to being approved.
Newcastle’s Development Applications Committee gave the green light to develop the 3.6ha ‘high profile’ land directly opposite the BP depot on Industrial Drive for a mixed-use commercial development.
“We’ve got two fast food premises, one is pre-leased and the other is under offer, we’ve got about 4000sq m of light industrial buildings that could be broken up into smaller tenancy and to fit those would be hardware, trade retail, gyms, childcare centres,” Stevens Group Development Director Jason Capuano said.
“There’s two free standing buildings of around 2000 metres each, they can be any type of retail type showrooms for cars and furniture of the like.”
“The key to the approval was working with Transport for NSW and Council on getting the access,” he added.
“We’ve recently gained support from Transport for NSW for a dedicated left turn in from Industrial Dr which will be north of the roundabout.
The developer is are now looking for tenants, which it thinks will be a drawcard for any business.
“There’s not many sites of that size and scale around metro Newcastle, and on that major route heading north towards the airport, Maitland or the Upper Hunter, we think it’s the best site in Newcastle and especially from an industrial perspective,” Mr Capuano said.
“It’s got incredibly high exposure to Industrial Drive, one of the main arterial roads heading towards Newcastle’s CBD.
“We suspect we’ll get a pretty strong response from businesses that want that exposure and need to be in that location, and still get access to the city of Newcastle but have large industrial presence.”
The council also approved another Stevens Group project - a three-lot subdivision of a site known as the Black Hill Employment Lands.
The development is now scheduled to be voted on at Newcastle Council’s next meeting on Tuesday for final approval before design and construction works start to happen at the site.