One hundred housing lots released on Wollombi Road at Farley

LOTS OF LOTS: Pictured at the new Ravensfield estate at Farley from left, Lisa Simmonds-Webb, Steve Briant, Tim Peters and Jackson Kuczaj. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.
LOTS OF LOTS: Pictured at the new Ravensfield estate at Farley from left, Lisa Simmonds-Webb, Steve Briant, Tim Peters and Jackson Kuczaj. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

A new community is being created in Maitland with the release of 100 residential lots in the rural hamlet of Farley over the weekend.

Ravensfield, will soon become Maitland’s newest suburb following the the unveiling of the new estate, which has the potential to create homes for 350 families as land is released over a number of stages.

Peters Real Estate Maitland will market Ravensfield located on Wollombi Road near the old Ravensfield Quarry site.

Ravensfield is located in the Farley Urban release area.

It is near what was once a flourishing quarry owned by the Browne Family.

Stone from the quarry was used to build historic Aberglassyn House in the 1840s.

The quarry was owned and used by Thomas Browne to supply his monumental works and many of Maitland's landmark buildings were built from sandstone taken from the site.

To mark the opening of the estate some of the sandstone has been relocated to the roadside to create a statement entry point.

Ravensfield takes in some breathtaking views over Wentworth Wetlands and across the treetops to Kurri Kurri, Heddon Greta, Gillieston Heights, Rathluba and East Maitland.

Fairfax Media reported in November 2015 how Maitland has again reaffirmed its position as the fastest growing inland city in NSW, with news of the first ­development application being lodged for 1500 new home sites at Farley.

An application for the first 300 lots was expected to be discussed at the December 2015 council meeting.

At that time the site, owned by 40 landholders, covers 160 hectares, bisected by Wollombi Road.

A development control plan approved by Maitland council makes ­provision for a small neighbourhood shopping centre on the northern side of Wollombi Road.

Together with Lochinvar and Anambah, Farley will complete the major greenfield release areas in the western sector of the Maitland local government area.

Farley was identified as a potential residential development area in 2006 and council has since been working towards preparing the area for a major increase in new homes.

In a November 2015 report, Maitland City Council’s development and environmental planning manager David Simm, said road infrastructure would be upgraded through direct development work and also progressively as funds come into the Farley Section 94 Contributions Plan.