Construction of the new $1 billion Wilton Parklands residential project is expected to begin within the next few months after Wollondilly Shire Council last night approved the first major Development Application encompassing the concept master plan for the entire project and detailed approval for the initial residential precinct.

The Delfin Lend Lease and Bradcorp joint venture involves 1,323 hectares of land at Wilton, approximately 60km southwest of Sydney adjacent to the Hume Highway, at the gateway to the Southern Highlands.

The first stage of the proposed development that has been approved is approximately 450 hectares and will include 1,165 residential lots, a Championship golf course designed by one of the world’s top ranked golfers – Ernie Els, a country club, a primary school and approximately 200 hectares of open space.

75 percent of the allotments to be offered at Wilton Parklands will be sized from 1,000 square metres up to 4,000 square metres. Smaller boutique lots will be located in premium precincts adjoining the golf course.

The Development Application approves the concept masterplan and covers the construction of first 215 residential lots, the site’s sewerage treatment plant, golf course and entry road. The Council had previously approved the Development Control Plan for the project in March.

Project Director Paul Gerlach said the Development Application approval was a significant milestone for the community. “This is one of the key steps in the development process as we move towards beginning construction on site within the next few months. We expect to begin selling land from early next year,” he said.

Since its inception in 1996, Bradcorp has developed an impressive project portfolio around Sydney and has become widely regarded for its innovation and commitment in housing development.

Delfin Lend Lease is Australia’s largest developer of masterplanned communities with more than 16 trading projects across the country.