48.6ha Anglicare Castle Hill’s $90M modernisation plan reveals future trends

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Anglicare, which owns one of the biggest seniors’ precincts in the region at Castle Hill, 30km northwest of Sydney’s CBD, has lodged plans to spend $90 million to modernise part of the 48.6ha site.

Planning documents showed Anglicare wanted to have larger apartments instead of one-bedroom units.

“The proposed development will enable Anglicare to upgrade its housing stock to provide additional seniors residential living to meet market demand,” documents stated.

“Anglicare’s research however indicates there is little demand in this area for smaller, one-bedroom apartments, with most future residents downsizing from houses and seeking at least two to three bedrooms.”

Anglicare has lodged plans to demolish areas, known as Kilvinton Village and Dorothy Mowll Court, and replace them with 66 new seniors living homes, including 13 villas and 53 apartments. A large cafe and new administration building, together with 107 new carpark spaces have also been proposed.

It is understood Anglicare also intends to improve the amenities at the retirement and aged care community which has been operating for more than 60 years.

The DA will be assessed by the Sydney North Planning Panel.

Anglicare declined to comment at this stage of the process.