Shoalhaven News

IPC puts the kibosh on Berry proposal


The NSW Independent Planning Commission has put the brakes on a proposal to rezone a 41 hectare parcel of agricultural land in Wire Lane east of Berry.

The review comes after a decision by the NSW Department of Planning in June to reject a Gateway application that was submitted by Shoalhaven City Council.

The commission recommends the development shouldn't proceed as it's inconsistent with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan and the Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy, will lead to the loss of viable agricultural land and may create a precedent for the rezoning of adjoining rural lots to the south.

The proponent sought to rezone land from RU1 primary production and RU4 Primary Production small lots, to R5 Large lot residential and E2 Environmental Conservation and change the minimum lot size to 1 hectare, with the potential to accommodate 29 large lot dwellings on the site.