Camden Council resists Macquarie Grove Road subdivision
CAMDEN Council has come out swinging against a proposed rezoning and subdivision in Kirkham, saying it is unnecessary and goes against the community's wishes.
The council was scathing in its submission to a Joint Regional Planning Panel pre-gateway review of the rezoning proposal, which would see eight hectares of primary production land rezoned to allow a 15-lot large lot residential subdivision.
"One of the key requirements of a planning proposal progressing beyond the gateway process is meeting the strategic state and local planning objectives, of which this proposal does not," the submission said.
"Council is already exceeding targets with regard to population requirements and does not need to provide additional development.
"The proposal is also contrary to the directions provided within Camden 2040."
Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said the proposed rezoning and subdivision had "been rejected by two different councils multiple times".
She said the development was "inconsistent with NSW government strategic goals".
Michael Brown Planning Strategies director Michael Brown spoke to the Advertiser on behalf of the developers.
He said the council had originally supported the proposal and initial studies had been done.
He said developers were allowed to ask the Planning Department to review rezoning applications if councils refused them.
"The land was always marked for future development."
Mr Brown said the area in question was already equipped with electricity, sewerage and water services.
"There are not many sewered blocks of 4000 square metres around."
The proposal will go back to the planning panel for determination.