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Developer’s Fight Over Helipad Ends at Lake Macquarie

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A decade-long fight over a helipad at Johnson Property Group’s $388 million Trinity Point project came to an end after the NSW Department of Planning approved the plans.

Plans for the helipad at the Lake Macquarie development were removed from prior to the preferred project report in 2009 and an application was made to amend this 2013.

In three years more than 130 people submitted against the helipad off the marina citing a "detrimental effect" on the community with detailed noise and environmental concerns.

It took until Christmas Eve 2019 for a decision to be made at the Land and Environment Court New South Wales.

The Trinity Point original concept approval in 2009 had 188 berth marina, 150 units (75 tourist, 75 residential), shops, cafes, club facilities with an estimated capital investment of $108 million.

The plans now include 189 residential land lots and medium-density housing, 188 berth marina and helipad, 250 apartments consisting of a mix of residential and short stay units.

So far 60 per cent of blocks at the estate have sold and JPG have released the first 24 apartments in the Polaris building.

▲ Polaris is one of the apartment buildings at JPG's Trinity Point.
▲ Polaris is one of the apartment buildings at JPG's Trinity Point.

Johnson Property Group chairman Keith Johnson said people were flocking to the Central Coast in search of affordability and a better lifestyle.

“The lack of affordability in urban markets is driving buyers and investors to regional centres that offer better value for money and more attractive growth opportunities over the medium to long term, and Lake Macquarie is a key hotspot,” he said.

“Polaris holds the Trinity Point dress circle's most coveted water's edge position and is destined to be popular with downsizers and those looking for a relaxing retreat from the city,” Johnson said.

“Pioneering Trinity Point has been a carefully considered long term vision. The level of demand for these high quality apartments has been overwhelming to date, with the initial VIP launch proving extremely successful. I’m confident this demand will continue to grow.”

Last year some areas of the Central Coast experienced a property price growth close to 40 per cent and property prices in the area grew by 3.8 per cent according to openagent.com.au.

Johnson Property Group chairman Keith John said they expect new residents to be able to use the helipad at Trinity Point within six months.

“We’re very happy approval has been given–it will bring the development into line with all other Hunter Valley five-star resorts,” he said.

“Trinity Point residents will now be able to reach Sydney Airport quickly and easily, which will add an extra level of appeal to the project for potential buyers.”

The project also includes a 300-seat conference centre, serviced meeting rooms, public boardwalks and other community facilities.

JPG is also currently developing Vermont, 225 hectares with 659 located on the Hawkesbury River, North-West of Sydney in Pitt Town.

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