Council slams “premature" rezoning at Wilton New Town

Wollondilly Council has slammed the “premature” rezoning of land at Wilton New Town.

The Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts today rezoned Walker Corporation’s Wilton South East Precinct.

The council executive have “serious concerns” about the “lack of an adequate infrastructure plan” and are still waiting for other planning matters to be resolved.

Mayor Judith Hannan said the council had clearly outlined its concerned and had asked for action but to no avail.

“This decision is very disappointing and will consign Wilton to a future as a dormitory, car-dependent satellite suburb of Sydney, [which will be] reliant upon employment opportunities outside the shire for many years,” she said.

“The council’s vision for Wilton has been clear and consistent from day one and it’s disappointing that after six years of planning the state government has not demonstrated how critical infrastructure and local jobs will be delivered.” 

Cr Hanna said the council was frustrated that despite numerous submissions over the past six years, the state Government’s 20 year State Infrastructure Strategy released last month failed to identify a public transport solution for Wilton New Town.

The council is also concerned that the NSW Department of Planning and Environment has not committed to identifying and integrating land for a hospital in the not yet finalised Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan or demonstrated how local employment will be generated.

At its upcoming council meeting on Monday April 16, councillors will consider a report calling upon the government to defer any decision on Wilton New Town until critical public transport, education and health infrastructure issues are resolved.