Strong objections to Huntlee decision

Published on 17 November 2022


Cessnock City Councillors have resolved to lobby the NSW Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts, to reverse an approval by the Department of Planning and Environment to allow allotments as small as 217m² at Huntlee.

The application by the developer of Huntlee to amend the approval to allow for a new housing lot type known as Urban One has been approved by the State Government.

An Urban One housing lot allows for smaller residential lots of between 217m² and 354m². These lots would accommodate compact dwelling types and will be located around the commercial centre and proposed school site at Huntlee.

Community engagement undertaken in regard to proposed changes to the Development Control Plan for Huntlee showed strong opposition to Urban One lots. Chief among concerns was parking and traffic.

Cessnock City Mayor Jay Suvaal said Councillors were standing with the community in regard to Urban One lots at Huntlee.

“The community has raised a number of valid concerns in regard to parking, traffic, and amenity,” Mayor Suvaal said.

“There are also concerns about the lack of access to educational facilities and healthcare and the impact this would have by allowing further intensification of development at Huntlee.

“As local people, we know what is best for our community and we will do everything within our power to urge the State Government to reverse this decision.

“I am encouraging the community to speak up on this one by writing to the Minister.”

Council will also write to the Member for Cessnock Clayton Barr asking him to make representation to the Minister to have the decision overturned. 

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