Plan to protect the Scenic Hills

Macarthur's Scenic Hills
Macarthur's Scenic Hills

Campbelltown Council will ask the state government to create an extra layer of protection throughout the Scenic Hills, as developers continue to target the green belt.

At last week’s council meeting, councillors voted to ask the government to establish a State Environmental Planning Policy throughout the hills.

The policy – which would be enforced by the state government – would place further restrictions on possible developments in the area.

Cr Meg Oates (Labor) said a SEPP would act as a strong deterrent to developers.

“As a council, we are constantly being bombarded with applications to change the character of the Scenic Hills and we are against them every week, “ she said.

"If (Planning) Minister (Rob Stokes) can understand how serious it (the number of development proposals) is, we can get him to establish a SEPP.

“We should be keeping the area for our future and for our kids’ future.

“They are something that make the Campbelltown area special and we should not give in to anything that destroys or impacts the Scenic Hills.”

However, Cr George Greiss warned a SEPP would hand the state government even more power over planning proposals in the area.

“What we are saying is ‘we don’t want to deal with this so let the department (of planning) deal with it from now on’,” Cr Greiss said.

“Why are we giving away the (planning) controls that we have?”

Two proposals to for developments in the Scenic Hills came before council last week.

Both were rejected.

One of the proposals sought to establish between 529 and 569 lots on the current site of the Macarthur Grange Golf Course along Raby Road.

The other was for a 173-lot development on land off St Andrews Road, near the Camden Valley Way.

If successful, the St Andrews Road rezoning application would have allowed up to 15 sites per hectare on the parcel of land.