Following a five-year, protracted process, the Hornsby Shire Council has given Development Approval for Living Choice Galston, an upmarket retirement community planned for 330 Galston Road, Galston.
The decision paves the way for the construction of 40 two and three-bedroom villas, 48 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and a luxury leisure centre.
Living Choice Galston will be Living Choice’s third village in the Hornsby & Hills Shire Council areas. While Living Choice Glenhaven was established in 2004, and has a long waiting list, Living Choice Dural – which will comprise apartments only – was only announced last week.
Regional Manager, Gail Eyres, said she was delighted that work could now start on finalising the engineering, electrical and civil drawings, calling for tenders and obtaining all the necessary building approvals.
“If all goes according to plan, we hope to start construction in the first quarter of 2022 with the first villas ready to move into by the end of 2022. Prices will be determined when construction starts,” she said.
Stage 1 will include all the internal roads, followed by the construction of 9 villas and a leisure centre which includes 4 apartments.
Gail said the leisure centre would be “world-class”. “It will include a Grand Foyer, large auditorium and stage, surround sound cinema, lounge, billiards area, indoor heated pool and spa, alfresco area, residents’ bar and kitchen, hair/beauty salon and gymnasium. On the first floor, there will be a large library, art and craft studio and medical and wellness rooms.
“There will also be extensive outdoor areas, including a putting green, bocce court, BBQ area and terrace garden.
“Many people in the local community have already expressed an interest in Living Choice Galston. If we cannot have an information session in person, we will arrange a “virtual event” in November, when the villa and apartment plans will be released.”
Living Choice has a proud track record of owning and operating retirement villages since 1992. In December 2003, Living Choice was acquired by Graham Hobbs and Ian Tregoning and there are now 10 operating retirement villages in NSW, QLD and SA. Three further villages – Parkwood on the Gold Coast plus Dural and Galston in Sydney’s North West are to be built.