ZERO NET ENERGY TOWN: Uralla is enjoying a welcome boom in home building.URALLA is experiencing a mini housing boom, with Thunderbolt country en- joying a steady increasein the number of newresidents.
Last year saw the highest number of dwelling approvals in a decade and Uralla council hopes to see the trend continue in 2015.
Twenty-nine dwellings were approved in the town last year, and while the figure might not sound large, Uralla council’s manager of town planning and regulation Elizabeth Cumming said it was a considerable number for the size of the town.
“We think that’s really positive,” Ms Cumming said.
“Rentals are exhausted here in Uralla, so people are looking to either build or buy.
“Already for the month of January we (had) five – which is a good start.
“We also have a 60-lot subdivision application.”
It is hoped the subdivision will be approved this month.
Ms Cumming said the comparison between the estimated value of approvals in January last year and this year was also encouraging.
In 2014 the total figure for January was $54,800 compared with a total estimated value of $751,000 this year.
Uralla mayor Michael Pearce said there werea number reasons pro- spective home buyers and developers would find the area attractive.
“We’re a safe place to live,” Cr Pearce said.
“And being a Zero Net Energy Town is a big carrot to hang over people.
“There are virtually blocks all over the place, so there is room for everyone to have their bit of land.”
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