Shop at 1 High St, New Norfolk

‘The Mills’ developers setting up shop in town centre

THE business behind a proposed redevelopment of parts of the former Royal Derwent Hospital site is setting up shop in High St, New Norfolk.

Residential and retirement developers Roger and Daniel Noble have letterboxed New Norfolk with a flyer detailing their $500 million proposal for the Gateway Estate, which they are renaming “The Mills”.

“We are writing to provide you with some information about our exciting new residential and community project in New Norfolk, ‘The Mills'” the brothers say in their flyer. “The Mills … is a $500 million development which will create 1100 jobs per year between 2021 and 2040, more than half of which will be in the Derwent Valley.”

The proposal includes 700 residential lots, a 100-bed private hospital, 200 independent-living retirement homes, a 100-room boutique hotel, a “growers and makers” commercial co-op precinct, a childcare centre and a central community park.

“We have already made good progress on the project, with Stage 1 residential construction under way, and the childcare centre recently approved by [the] Derwent Valley Council. In addition to the hospital, retirement homes, hotel and co-op precinct, one of the major components of the project is that we are looking to rezone the Stage 2 Residential area to provide for more green space as well as a world-class mountain bike track.

“We recognise that The Mills project is a significant undertaking for a town the size and character of New Norfolk and we would like to assure you that we are absolutely committed to not just engaging with the local community, but becoming a part of it. New Norfolk is a genuinely beautiful place full of history, character and great people, and we are here for the long haul.”

Workers are presently renovating the former Salvation Army thrift shop at 1 High St (pictured above) to become an office where people will be able to view the plans for the site, ask questions and provide feedback. Information is also available online at

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