Updated | Planning panel to decide on Heathcote Hall development on August 21


After more than three years of controversy, a decision on the Heathcote Hall development is expected to be made next month.

The proposal includes restoration of the historic mansion, construction of 35 townhouses and 20 apartments and extensive landscaping.

Sydney South Planning Panel has scheduled a public determination meeting for August 21 at 2pm in the Sutherland Shire Council administration building.

In June last year, the panel deferred a decision until more information was provided.

Another large gathering of residents opposed to the plans is expected at the August 21 meeting.

The panel will hear final submissions from the developer and residents before making a decision.

The project has been scaled back in size since initial plans were released to a public outcry in April, 2016.

However, there have been only minor changes to the development application, which was lodged in April, 2017.

Earlier - May 2019

Revised plans containing only minor changes have been submitted for the Heathcote Hall redevelopment.

The move paves the way for a decision finally to be made on the controversial proposal, which Heathcote East residents have been battling for two years.

Under the plans, the heritage building would be restored and 35 townhouses and 20 apartments in two blocks built within the grounds.

Residents Against Over Development spokesman Phil Smith said it was expected that, with the state election out of the way, the development application would be "rubber stamped".

"How this proposal can be given the go-ahead in a residential street next to the Royal National Park is beyond us,' he said.,

"It is massive over development for a developer, state government and council who have no regard for its local community who have one entrance and exit over a tiny bridge and one which is surrounded on three sides by the Royal National Park."

Sutherland Shire Council will assess the new material before Sydney South Planning Panel makes a determination.

The panel deferred a decision last year and sought additional information.

The council has written to residents advising the revised plans and supplementary information can be viewed on the council website.

"The overall building envelopes, height, layout, and dwelling composition remains the same," the council advised.