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Hermitage Road Pokolbin Planning Study (March 2014)
Council adopted the Hermitage Road Pokolbin Planning Study (March 2014) at its meeting held 1st September 2014. The Study aims to:
  • Enable continued sustainable development of the area for boutique type vineyard and other agricultural land uses of a similar or ancillary nature, including tourism development.
               
  • Recommend suitable planning controls including land use controls and minimum lot sizes for subdivision.
               
  • Develop a planning framework with a view to improving:

- Sustainability outcomes;
- Environmental conditions;
- Economic development and employment diversification; and
- Health, social and cultural well-being of the local community.

  • Examine vineyard and other forms of development and related planning strategies and controls in Cessnock, Mudgee, Rutherglen and the Barossa.

The Study concluded that the current minimum lot size of 40ha should be retained, and that mapping of viticultural capacity (including soil mapping and scenic and landscape value) should be undertaken to assist in the protection and maintaining the viability of the viticultural and tourism industry.
 
It also concluded that there is currently no strategic justification for three undetermined planning proposals located in the area, and details a number of issues which the proposals would need to address if consideration were given to allowing them to proceed further.

Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290