Help Protect Catherine Hill Bay From Over-Development

Below is important information relating to the zoning of Rosecorp land at Catherine Hill Bay and Gwandalan. The Progress Association needs your support at this critical time and asks that you send an objection letter to the Department of Planning. A pro-forma letter is attached for those who wish to use it. Please add your own comments as desired. Letters need to reach the Department by Wednesday, 25th August so please post your letters by Monday 23rd. Please ask as many people as possible to send an objection letter, as every objection helps our cause to protect the bay from over-development.

WHY YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO PUT IN A SUBMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING?

The Progress Association met with the Minister for Planning, Tony Kelly, on the 10th June to put the case that the residential zonings (R2), put in place to enable the Rose Group development plans to proceed, should be reversed. We said this should follow the Land and Environment Court case which ruled the approval signed by the former Minister for Planning, Frank Sartor was invalid.

However, the Minister decided not to reverse these residential zonings and on the 28th July put out a press release stating that a new State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP) was to be put in place to enable development at Catherine Hill Bay and Gwandalan

The Department of Planning has been tasked with the job of preparing the new SEPP. The association has looked carefully at this document and has great concerns.

  • The area zoned R2 is too large because it overly intrudes onto sensitive coastal land and negatively impacts on Main Camp village and its setting, all of which are of heritage significance.
  • The area proposed for listing conspicuously excludes both the former coal washery and the former ‘E’ Pit, both of which are core to the Heritage values as a coal mine company town.
  • The zonings are too vague and do not place sufficient controls on future development in relation to density, height, site coverage and open space.
  • The area proposed by the State Heritage Listing should be extended to encompass the proposed conservation zone as it provides more protection against inappropriate development.
  • Important landscaped buffer zones need to be protected to maintain the treed character of the area and to protect from unsympathetic visual impacts.

The Progress Association supports sympathetic development of an appropriate scale… But the coastal character and attributes of Catherine Hill Bay environs are rare. Because of this it is vital that development in perpetuity is subject to vigorous scrutiny, is limited in scope and does not spoil the intrinsic heritage and environmental values of the Catherine Hill Bay area. Only then will it be available for future generations and visitors to enjoy as an asset of the state of New South Wales.

Write your own personal submission.(Remember to clearly state at the top that this is an objection)

Your submission must be received by the 25th August, so don’t delay, do it straight away!

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