The Sydney Western City Strategic Planning Panel has decided not to proceed with a Planning Proposal for residential development at Brooks Point Road, Appin, due to the lack of an infrastructure plan.

The Panel recognised the issues identified by Wollondilly Council staff, the Local Planning Panel and the decisions of the Council, and supported the need for fully funded infrastructure before rezoning.

Wollondilly’s Mayor Matt Gould welcomed this decision, citing concerns about inadequate infrastructure, particularly wastewater servicing.

“This decision confirms Council’s position is right, that a fully funded infrastructure plan linked to the delivery of homes must be in place before any approvals are made to rezone land,” Cr Gould said.

The proposal lacked site-specific merit, according to the Panel, because Sydney Water couldn’t demonstrate adequate capacity for wastewater servicing.

Council had previously rejected the proposal in November 2023, citing its prematurity without proper infrastructure and sequencing plans.

The decision of the Strategic Planning Panel is final, but the proponent may submit a new proposal in the future once site-specific issues are addressed.

The site in question is 39 hectares south of Appin village, bordered by Appin Road, Ousedale Creek, residential development, and Brooks Point Road.