HASTOS LOCALITY PLAN IS DOWN – A WIN FOR ALL THOSE THAT LOVE THE PLACE!!!
2 storey throughout residential precincts and units only allowed on Hastings North Eastern Hill which can be 50% 3 storey within the slope of the hill. Environmental health, particularly the estuary, is protected!!!
The Battle of Hastings has been an arduous and torrid fight for the protection of a truly unique asset for all to enjoy. A place where visitors come from close or afar to take a step away from time – to take a step away from the day to day struggles of this fast moving world – to take the time to relax with nature at her finest.
Who would have thought it would take so much time, so much effort to save that which should be so obviously saved? Three court cases including one all the way to the High Court, a nude video with international appeal, parliamentary action, workshops, submissions and thousands of hours of work.
Why all this to save the obvious?
Because greed, ignorance, selfishness and corruption so often seek to exploit those things that are most beautiful. Ironically, in doing so, they often destroy the very beauty they seek to exploit.
They have no concern for the welfare of others or the wider enjoyment a place like Hastings Point can provide.
Fortunately, the developers did not destroy Hastings. Its beauty destroyed them!
We can report that over four long years, the resident community as custodians for its wider family has been rewarded with a locality plan which is now one of the finest in NSW.
Its creation came under attack at times as planners, particularly Sydney’s consultant, attempted to compromise good outcomes with design options which contradicted the aims of the plan. They had the potential to destroy that which the community so valiantly sought to protect. They had the potential to take the community and the Council back to Court.
Fortunately, reason and good sense prevailed. The law was applied.
Planners, councillors, lawyers and community that saw this plan to fruition should be extremely proud. Hastos Locality Plan now provides reliable legal protection for a place that all can enjoy for the future.
Remember, persistence and determination are omnipotent – so never give up!
That is Hastos motto in its final battle to lampoon Walter Elliot and his unlawful proposal to develop Lot 156 to create huge solo dollars at the expense of hundreds of locals and a precious environment. Supported by Planit Consulting, Walter seeks to convince the NSW Government and Minister Kelly that we don’t know the law up here – not Council’s experts, Hastos experts or the community.
We are seasoned veterans Walter! – We know what we are doing up here! We know our stuff! The Government knows we know our stuff! We will hold this Government to account, unlike those before it that allowed you and your predecessor to unlawfully steal land and destroy this environment. You now seek to take advantage of unlawful conduct that will flood 400 people, steal their amenity and destroy their local environment further. Back Off Walter!! Back off Planit!! Back off Developers!! Not on our Watch!!!
Please enjoy our Community Video which tells our story so far.