Plans for a caravan park in East Maitland – with some permanent housing – have been submitted to Maitland council.
The 13.5 hectare site, off Mount Vincent Road, is next to the tip and borders Watergum Street and Shamrock Lane.
The council has called for public feedback on the plans, which if approved, would see 228 sites offered for camping, caravans, RVs, and permanent mobile housing.
It would also feature an administration office, manager’s residence and amenities.
Tourists would enter the site from Watergum Street, which would be landscaped to make the park secluded.
Maitland councillor Steve Procter has thrown his support behind the plan and praised landowner Dennis Wilton for trying to address a niche in the city’s accommodation market.
“There are other ideas in the pipeline but nobody has put up the money to make it happen,” he said.
“We’ve been calling for it for a long time.
“Dennis Wilton is a man who gets things done.”
Cr Procter, who has spent his lengthy career on council campaigning for a new caravan park, said the plans would cater for the modern caravan and RVs, which older caravan parks couldn’t.
He also backed plans to provide some permanent housing on the site, saying affordable accommodation was needed in the city.
“It’s another way of living,” Cr Procter said.
“It’s appealing to people who are downsizing, maybe people who have moved out of the city.
“There’s a terrible lot of people who are downsizing and are in need of affordable accommodation.
“A caravan park is similar to an over 55’s retirement village, they usually have resort-style pools in most quality caravan parks.”
Mayor of Maitland, Cr Peter Blackmore, who recently renewed calls for a caravan park in the city, also backed the plans.
He said the site was close to the Hunter Expressway, the New England Highway and Stockland Greenhills.
Feedback on the plans must be submitted to Maitland council by close of business on November 23.
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