A large supermarket chain has expressed interest in a development application for a 118-lot subdivision in North Cowra.
Located on the corner of Redfern and Pridham Streets, the block of land owned by the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst covers almost 15 hectares and is near the recently-developed Chardonnay hills estate.
"The Catholic Diocese purchased the land 12 to 15 years ago largely to plan for contingencies," Bathurst Diocesan Financial Administrator Patrick Cooper said.
"The thinking was should the need arise for a new 7-12 high school in Cowra, the land would be big enough."
The demand for Catholic education in Cowra hasn't been high enough to warrant a second Catholic school however, so the Diocese started investigating possible options with regards to what to do with the block.
Proposed allotment sizes range from 715.7 metres to 4036 metres and will be fully serviced with reticulated water and sewerage, gas, electricity and telecommunications.
The proposed subdivision includes a number of new internal roads providing access to residential lots, including two new roads offset from Dowell and Evans Streets.
Lots with frontage to Pridham Street will gain access solely off the internal road network.
The development proposal is still under assessment and is yet to be officially signed off or approved.
Cowra Council has requested more information from the applicant.