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Submissions closing on 20 September 2021, 5:00PM
We're undertaking a comprehensive review of the Cessnock Development Control Plan and are proposing changes to The Vintage Development Control Plan.
The Vintage incorporates a mix of tourist and visitor accommodation, residential accommodation, indoor and outdoor recreation including an 18-hole golf course, and other uses.
The key changes are set out below:
The master plan has been updated to include the Vintage Balance Lands and Beggars Ridge developments. These areas are the result of amendment 18 of the Cessnock Local Environment Plan (LEP).
Beggars Ridge, located on the corner of McDonalds and Coulson Roads, is a vineyard tourist accommodation precinct. No residential development is permitted in the Beggars Ridge Vineyard Tourist Accommodation Precinct.
Vintage Balance Lands is located to the east along Wine Country Drive and Palmers Lane and includes mixed land uses as outlined in the master plan.
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The staging of development plan has been removed. There is adequate direction on when components of the development should occur under clause 7.11A of the Cessnock LEP and servicing will dictate which areas of the Vintage are developed.
Residential flat buildings are an additional permitted use on part of the Vintage under Schedule 1 of the Cessnock LEP.
They will be limited to 14.0m in height and assessed under the State Environmental Planning Policy 65 (Residential Flat Buildings) and the Apartment Design Guide.
Various controls have been removed where these policies exist outside the Development Control Plan or there are adequate regulations elsewhere to control these activities. These include:
The landscape and architectural guidelines for the Vintage have been removed and replaced with a hyperlink to the document located on Council’s website.
The proposed amendments to the Development Control Plan forms part of our commitment to increasing tourism opportunities and visitation in the area, and making Council more responsive to the community through civic leadership and effective governance, key objectives of the Cessnock 2027 Community Strategic Plan.
Submissions are not kept confidential. Council releases submissions when a request is made in accordance with privacy laws and the relevant provisions under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. When a submission is released by law, Council routinely withholds contact numbers, email addresses and signatures. Should you wish for all personal details or any information that may identify you to be withheld from the public, please advise Council of this in your submission.
20 September 2021
Submissions must be received by 5:00pm on 20 September 2021 and should quote “Development Control Plan Review - The Vintage".
Submissions should be addressed to the General Manager and can be submitted in the following ways:
Any views expressed in written submissions will be considered by Council before a final decision is made.