THE NSW Government has listed the villages of Catherine Hill Bay and Middle Camp on the State Heritage Register and finalised a new planning framework to guide future development on key sites within the South Wallarah Peninsula.
Announcing the new measures last week, Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the heritage listing provided the State's highest form of heritage recognition and protection, preserving the villages for future generations to enjoy.
"These villages have been recognised for their outstanding historic and aesthetic qualities as well as the important cultural association they provide to the State's early mining and maritime industries," Mr Kelly said.
"Many of these historic structures still remain and will now be preserved along with the villages' iconic residential cottages, which are the oldest group of buildings in the Lake Macquarie area.
"Moreover any significant developments within or surrounding these villages will need to respect their newly-established heritage status and values."
The new planning framework for the Rose Group land south of Catherine Hill Bay and at
Gwandalan has been established through an amendment to the Major Development State environmental planning policy (SEPP) and sets out zonings and other land use controls.
Rose Group has plans for about 600 dwellings at Catherine Hill Bay and 187 dwellings at Gwandalan.
The new planning controls retain the Catherine Hill Bay headland and beachfront as open space, allow only low-density residential development within a defined footprint and set aside environmentally valuable land for conservation.
A more detailed development control plan (DCP) must be prepared before any residential development can occur.