Land rezoned after long wait

Rural no more: Landowners have been lobbying for their Marshall Mount-Yallah lots to be rezoned for housing and a town centre for years. Picture: Domain.
Rural no more: Landowners have been lobbying for their Marshall Mount-Yallah lots to be rezoned for housing and a town centre for years. Picture: Domain.

After years of lobbying, Wollongong council and NSW Planning have given the go ahead for more than 4000 homes to be built at Yallah-Marshall Mount.

Led by Tullimbar developer, the Fountaindale Group, the decision brings forward a long-held plan to build homes at the southernmost part of West Dapto.

1000 hectares: The newly zoned area would have eight residential precincts around a village centre. Picture: Wollongong council.

1000 hectares: The newly zoned area would have eight residential precincts around a village centre. Picture: Wollongong council.

Originally planned to be the last phase in the development area, the decision to rezone had been put off due to concerns over infrastructure. However, late last year, the government agreed to an updated plan to collect money from developers and Wollongong councillors gave their approval.

On Friday,  NSW Planning minister Antony Roberts heralded his deicsion to amend the Wollongong Local Environmental Plan.

He said there were provisions in place for new roads.

Costly roads: Lord mayor Gordon Bradbery has raised concerns.

Costly roads: Lord mayor Gordon Bradbery has raised concerns.

“It is important that, with any new community, sufficient infrastructure is in place, so as part of this rezoning, new and upgraded roads will ensure good connection to the regional and state roadways,” he said.