$12.8M service centre plan for gateway to industrial precinct

Concept drawing of proposed warehousing and service centre

A new $12.8M proposal for warehousing and a service centre at Halloran has been designed to be the gateway to future industrial growth in the Wyong Employment Zone.

The 4.51ha site on the corner of Mountain Rd and Sparks Rd and will house 17 industrial warehouses; a service station with petrol bowsers, retail store and restaurant; car washing bays; 163 car parking spaces; stormwater detention ponds and landscaping including riparian zone revegetation.

Part of the site is presently occupied by Coastal Linear Coaches and will be retained as a bus depot, office and shed.

Dwellings and outbuildings on other parts of the site will be demolished.

The site has been previously cleared but in order to retain as much existing vegetation as possible the proposed works on 2.2ha have been located in the most cleared portion of the land.

Bushland corridors along the watercourse through the site are given priority under a Vegetation Management Plan for the site.

There are 17 industrial units proposed at a height of 8.25m, including a mezzanine level, internal loading, amenities and waste storage areas.

Car parking associated with the warehouses will be separate from the service centre and includes 77 spaces dedicated to the industrial units.

The proposed car wash will operate on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week and comprise four self-service bays and two automatic bays with waste water collected and directed to pits and connection to the sewer.

Consent to operate the restaurant area for 50 people, either indoors or outside, and with its own 24-space car park, will be determined in a future, separate application.

The service station and convenience store will be centrally located within the development and its operation will also be the subject of separate operational application.

There will be two vehicular entry/exit points with Mountain Rd being the primary access and the Sparks Rd access being mainly for the service centre.

The Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) says that the proposed development would complement the Wyong Employment Zone strategy and its prominent corner position would function as the gateway site for the industrial and commercial precinct as the land is redeveloped over time.

It is expected the development would create a variety of employment opportunities both during and after construction and stimulate the local economy as well as support development for local industrial business.

The development application (886/2022) on public exhibition until July 11, when Central Coast Council will close submissions.

Sue Murray

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