Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock today lodged her submission to Shoalhaven City Council, officially opposing the proposed development in Anson Street, St Georges Basin.

This was in addition to speaking against the development on the floor of Parliament last week, where she encouraged the local community to take action and voice their concerns alongside her.

Mrs Hancock said the four-storey, 13 metre high development had been made possible by an error in judgement by Shoalhaven City Council who raised the area’s building height limit in 2012.

“St Georges Basin is a beautiful village with a relaxing and pristine atmosphere made up of low-key residential homes. The development proposed is completely out of character with the area and would spoil the amenity of the village,” she said.

“The review of the Local Environment Plan (LEP) in 2012 saw the height limit raised albeit contrary to staff recommendations, so unfortunately the development complies with current mapped building heights. However the LEP does not take into account overshadowing, the addition of 380 apartments, 1,000 new residents and the lack of supporting infrastructure such as parking, traffic controls and footpaths.

“Residents have made it clear at well attended public meetings that the Anson Street development is unwanted and will be out of place on the quiet, residential street and I completely share their concerns.

“The South Coast is the fastest growing region outside of Sydney and while growth is encouraged and welcomed by local residents and businesses it is done so in a balanced manner and for the appropriate areas. There is a stark difference growth and overdevelopment, which is to the detriment of our local tourist industry and residents.

“The development proposal will go before the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel, which is the final consenting authority. This process is independent of State Government and the Minister for Planning, however is it possible for residents to make submissions relating to the planned development.

“I strongly encourage the St Georges Basin community and all those opposed to the development to take the time to make a submission. Fighting this proposal will depend on us coming together and demonstrating that it is not in the best interest of the community,” Mrs Hancock said.

Submissions can be sent to: council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or PO Box 42, Nowra NSW 2541