THE NSW Government has rejected a planning proposal for the construction of 90 permanent residential dwellings halfway between Batemans Bay and Moruya, saying the proposal is unacceptable and inappropriate.
The development was proposed for the privately-owned Oaks Ranch and Country Club at Mossy Point. The current zoning allows for tourism and a golf course with the consent of Eurobodalla Shire Council.
Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, said the proposal has been deemed unacceptable and will not progress any further. "The location is too isolated from local infrastructure and services such as shops and does not fit with the strategic planning policies of the council and the NSW Government," Mr Kelly said.
The Department of Planning concluded that:
The proposal is inconsistent with Council's Eurobodalla Settlement Strategy and the NSW Government's South Coast Regional Strategy;
The site is an inappropriate location for urban residential development due to its isolation from basic social and retail services; and
It has not been demonstrated the associated tourism development requires permanent residential development.
"This decision shows the benefits of the Government's Gateway system which weeds out inappropriate rezoning proposals early in the plan-making process," Mr Kelly said.