The fight has begun to save the Coalcliff Cokeworks site from becoming housing estate.
More than 80 locals turned out to the community hall this week to voice their opposition to any notion of building up into the escarpment.
Wollongong Council’s senior planners say no proposal has yet been put to Council to have the land rezoned. This process can take up to two years to complete. Land use planner David Green told the Mercury he’d be surprised if the owners of the land didn’t want to include at least some homes in their plans.
Residents have vowed to fight any plans to build housing on the land saying the land is an old mine and could therefore be unstable or polluted with combustible coal wash, and that any more homes will put increased pressure on local roads and drainage.
There are several impediments to development. The Cokeworks and the escarpment are Heritage Listed, and any development would need to address land contamination, land slip, rock falls, traffic impact, visual impact, drainage, water supply and sewage.