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Wilsons Creek subdivision knocked back by NSW planning department

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Plans for a 15-lot housing development in Wilsons Creek have hit a minor snag with the Department of Planning, who are demanding that Council prepare a revised planning proposal before considering approval.

The development, proposed for Lot 38 Alidenes Road, includes an important riparian zone next to Yankee Creek. The desire to protect this zone goes some way to explaining why the development is set to come before Council for the third time at this week’s planning meeting.

On the last occasion, Council resolved to proceed with a revised planning proposal for the site, as per the staff recommendation. However, the Department of Planning has indicated that this proposal does not do enough to prevent the developer from building more than 15 dwellings on the site.

In response to this, Council staff have put forward a new planning proposal, which they say will address this problem. This involves using a clause within the Byron Local Environment Plan (LEP) to identify the land in question with a maximum of 15 housing lots. The report says the clause ‘would achieve the intent of the proposal’, including the limitation of permitting no more than one dwelling per neighbourhood lot’.


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