Centacare Evolve Housing is soon to submit a planning application for the construction of up to 24 social dwellings on a unique residential infill development site in New Town.

The land was owned by the Catholic Church’s Cathedral Parish and had been used as tennis courts for some years by a local sporting club before being offered for sale to the public in May 2020. The 1,934m2 parcel of land is virtually level and is located only 4kms from the Hobart CBD. It has dual frontage from Sunnyside Road and Paviour streets, with access via a laneway from New Town Road. The land is within walking distance to local shops, schools and services (including public transport).

“The land had been utilised by the community for decades prior to being sold last year. It’s very pleasing to announce that our plans for the development of the land will continue to benefit the community - this time through social housing,” said Centacare Evolve Housing CEO, Ben Wilson.

“Rising real estate prices and rental costs are making it very difficult for Tasmanians to secure a roof over their head. We are committed to building critical infrastructure to increase the supply of much-needed housing across the State.”

Mr Wilson said neighbouring residents were notified of the intention to submit a planning application for the land at 73a New Town Road and were invited to an information session held last night (Tuesday 16 November) at the Mt Stuart Hall.

“Generally, the information session went quite well. It’s important for neighbouring residents to have all of the correct information at hand to inform their decision making. We prefer to work with neighbouring residents by listening to their questions, or concerns if they have any,” Mr Wilson said.

This project is funded under the Tasmanian Government’s Community Housing Growth Program which will deliver 1000 homes for Tasmanians in need.