The Wickham Masterplan was adopted by Council on 28 November 2017. It outlined the vision for how the area is to evolve over a 20 year horizon from a semi-industrial suburb into a mixed use urban area reinforcing the Newcastle City Centre core within adjoining Newcastle West. It also identified strategies and actions based on extensive background investigation and consultation with key stakeholders.
We have been monitoring the progress of the Wickham Masterplan implementation. Through this, we identified the need to prepare an update to the Masterplan, which addresses new challenges and also new opportunities in realising the long-term vision for Wickham.
Between Monday 7 December 2020 and Friday 8 January 2021 we invited the community to provide feedback and ask questions that would help inform future updates to the Masterplan. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and asked questions during this period. This summary of feedback from community engagement responds to the frequently asked questions and common feedback provided during this phase of consultation.
We reviewed this feedback and considered the questions asked during this period, and then prepared the Draft Wickham Masterplan 2021 Update. The update does not replace the current Wickham Masterplan but seeks to reaffirm its vision for Wickham, address emerging challenges and opportunities to achieving implementation, and propose further actions that facilitate ongoing urban renewal.
The Draft Wickham Masterplan 2021 Update was on public exhibition from Monday 5 July to Friday 30 July 2021. Submissions were reviewed, and on 28 September 2021 Councillors adopted the Wickham Masterplan 2021 Update, which was amended following the public exhibition.
We will soon commence the development of a Wickham Precinct Public Domain Plan, which will set out the vision for the built environment in the area and ensure that all infrastructure renewal in the area aligns with the vision set out by the Masterplan. This will facilitate better coordination with private developers delivering public infrastructure in the precinct, to achieve the vision for Wickham. The Masterplan focuses on land use planning and private development. The Public Domain Plan will outline more specific detail in relation to elements such as streetscape, character and access – making Wickham a better and more attractive place to live, visit and do business in.
A call for tender for an urban design consultant has been made to develop a concept level urban design for Wickham. Tenders closed on Tuesday 28th September.