The Halloran Trust is overhauling plans for a waterside development on Sydney’s South Coast, vastly reducing the size of the West Culburra concept proposal as the region continues to boom.
The NSW Independent Planning Commission rejected the original 75-hectare plans due to environmental concerns in the Shoalhaven region that the project was not in the public interest.
Through its company Sealark Pty Ltd, the trust lodged an appeal against the Land and Environment Court and was given leave to amend plans as part of the process.
The new plans across 47 hectares feature 244 low-density residential lots, 12 medium density residential lots, 45 integrated housing lots, three mixed use lots and 13 industrial lots as well as sports grounds, parkland and infrastructure.
This is down from the original 75 hectare plan which had 650 low and medium density lots, 3.5 hectares of industrial development, a foreshore reserve, tourist accommodation, cafes, restaurants, viewing areas, a sports ground and infrastructure.
If the plans are approved the new development could take advantage of the booming regional residential market which saw home values in Illawara—100 kilometres north of the site—increase by more than 12 per cent per cent during the pandemic.
The land just west of the Culburra Beach township was owned by Henry F Halloran, a major property developer in the early 20th century.
His son, the late Warren Halloran, helped set up the Henry Halloran Trust at the University of Sydney which continues to further research and advocate liveable cities and urban development.