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Warehouse precinct proposal for Horsham

By Jessica Grimble 

More than 20 warehouses could rise from vacant industrial land in Horsham. 

Property developer Taylored Corp has lodged a planning permit application with Horsham Rural City Council to build 23 warehouses, a food and drink premises and an office on an area of Plumpton Road recently approved for a 29-lot subdivision. 

A town planning report, submitted as part of the planning permit application, shows three rows of buildings on land zoned ‘industrial three’. 

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It would have frontage of about 125 metres along Hanson Street, which would be developed as part of the subdivision, and is set back from Plumpton Road where a future childcare centre is proposed. 

Building would occur in two stages, with the facility accommodating a range of businesses and uses. 

A mix of industrial, and established and future residential land surrounds the area. 

“The proposal makes excellent use of vacant industrial land in a key location in an innovative and well thought out way,” the planning report states. 

“The proposal, being one of the first applications to be made for the wider redevelopment of this industrial land, sets the scene for other future developments in this area which are flexible, yet respectful of the relationship the site has with the residential surrounds to the north.” 

A food and drink premises would service the development in its entirety, and surrounding businesses, and it is anticipated its operating hours would align with regular business hours, dependent on the needs of tenants and other potential users. 

A detailed landscape plan is yet to be prepared, however, the proposal includes areas of landscaping. 

Plans include 63 on-site carparks, less than a statutory requirement of 100 carparks for the development, resulting in a waiver. 


“Given the location of the site and the intended clientele, it is likely that those visiting the site would be on multi-purpose trips,” the development plans state. 

“It is likely there will be a degree of flexibility with how the warehouses are used, acknowledging that some may be occupied by staff during standard business hours, whilst others may only be used or accessed incrementally through the day – in the case of trades people who may use these warehouses as storage hubs with ancillary office spaces, for example.” 

Horsham Rural City Council co-ordinator statutory planning and building services, Joel Hastings, said the proposal was consistent with the purpose of the zoning. He said the council was assessing the application, with traffic movements, and unloading and loading considered a key issue. 

“Planning permits are subject to notice and referral to consider the impact on adjoining or nearby owners and occupants. This process has already occurred without receipt of any submissions,” he said. 

The precinct falls within the area of the Horsham South Structure Plan. 

A Draft Future Urban Structure has been developed as part of the Horsham South Structure Plan Project to assist with future planning for the area. 

It will be presented to the council this month.

The council is processing an application for a childcare centre with up to 122 places, mooted for Plumpton Road in Horsham. 

Details of the application are not publicly available. 

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