Proposed Phillip Street Rezoning

Filed in Key Issues by August 2, 2019

PUBLIC submissions close on August 9, for the Upper Hunter Shire Council’s proposal to rezone three blocks in Phillip Street, Scone from residential to industrial. Read the Council proposal: Rezoning Phillip Street.

The controversial proposal has has sparked outrage among residents of Phillip Street who are concerned their land values will be impacted by between 10 to 30 percent and affect many aspects of their livability in the street.

The proponent, Hamish Le Poer Trench, said by rezoning the land industrial it will be more in keeping with the area and his proposed business activities will not negatively impact his neighbours. (Update: Mr Le Poer Trench does not own the business proposed on this block. Please read: Setting the Record Straight.)

However, other industrial business owners have said allowing the rezoning would not be fair play on the residents or other local businesses in town.

A Current Affair filmed a story on the potential rezoning, which aired on Friday, August 2. To watch the story follow this link Progress Over People and follow the prompts to download the NineNow app.

Burton’s, the developers of Scone Business Park which have invested $6million into the town to create industrial blocks and an employment zone, have said if Council approves the rezoning of residential land in Phillip Street it will set a precedence for other land owners and devalue their own investment. They have said they would consider taking the Upper Hunter Shire Council to the land and environment court.

While Council has stated, in their proposal to rezone the land, that the land is undesirable for residential use, the previous owners wanted to build homes on the blocks but say they were frustrated by a range of hurdles involving Council.

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