Gunnedah Shire Council is yet to determine how a $202,500 funding grant it was awarded recently will help accelerate housing growth in the area.

The NSW government said the grant will aim to “unlock” 1000 new homes in the shire by 2040.

A Gunnedah Shire Council spokesperson welcomed the approval of funding towards its Development Control Plan, a Section 7.12 Local Contributions Plan, water supply and sewer network capacity assessments and new Development Services Plans for water and sewerage infrastructure.

The government said the renewed plans will support and streamline future project delivery and accelerate developments but it was not clear how this would be achieved.

“The details of how housing growth can be accelerated, the main areas targeted for growth and what work can be done in relation to creating additional housing typologies are likely to form part of discussions and investigations for these plans, and this information will be available on completion of those plans,” the council spokesperson said.

Gunnedah Shire Council declined to comment as to when these plans were expected to be finalised and if areas on south Wandobah Road and north and south of McCalls Road were still the main target areas for new housing growth in Gunnedah.

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