A large parcel of environmentally-sensitive land has gone on the market at Helensburgh, prompting calls for it to be added to the Royal National Park.
While the land is zoned E3, building is only permitted on sites of more than 40 hectares.
While historically, Council and the Department of Lands have expressed an interest in the land, they say they won’t be bidding when the property is auctioned next month, and have allayed fears the twenty-six lots could become a new housing development on the fringe of the National Park.
“Wollongong City Council has no plans to purchase the land at 50 Otford Road, which is currently on the market, at this time,” says a Council spokesperson.
“Reference to Council’s past plans to consider purchasing formerly zoned 7d lands do not related to this site.
“Prior to 2010 the land was zoned 7d Hacking River Environmental Protection. It is now zoned E3 Environmental Management. Since the introduction of planning controls in the 1940s, it has never been zoned for residential development.
“Apart from Otford Road, there are no public roads that provide access to these lots.
“We urge anyone considering the purchase of this land to seek separate independent legal advice before proceeding.
“Under the provisions of the Wollongong Local Environmental Plan 2009 the land use zoning is E3 Environmental Management. While it may appear you could build a dwelling in this area under the E3 zoning, the specific lots do not meet the minimum lot size provisions (40 hectares minimum) to enable a dwelling entitlement to be established.
“Anyone considering purchasing land at this location would be doing so on a speculative basis, that the planning controls may change in the future.”