Hearnes 200-lot approved

PROTESTS about a big subdivision between Hearnes Lake and Sandy Beach being considered by the NSW Government under the Part 3A planning legislation appear to have fallen on deaf ears.

Although the Department of Planning website lists the proposed 280-lot Sandy Shores subdivision as ‘being assessed by the Department of Planning’ a Sandy Beach resident has been advised by Planning NSW that ‘a modified version’ of the proposed subdivision was approved by the Minister for Planning Tony Kelly on December 20 and a copy of the approval would be available on the Departmental website next week.

The ‘modified version’ is expected to be a 200-lot subdivision on the low-lying coastal site, between Hearnes Lake and Sandy Beach, since Coffs Harbour City Council was given one week to comment on the DoP’s proposed conditions of approval for this slightly smaller subdivision.

Coffs Harbour City Council opposes the development of any subdivision larger than 35 lots, restricted to the higher ground, a position backed by independent studies.

On December 13 the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) recommended that the NSW Minister for Planning refer private sector applications under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, which exceed development standards by more than 25 per cent, to an independent quasi-judicial body for determination.

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