If you are a landowner in Horsley Park or Cecil Park and you are affected by aircraft noise restrictions, the information below is provided to help you voice your concerns to the NSW State Government directly.
Aircraft noise restrictions were introduced by the State Government in October 2020. The aim of the restrictions is to minimise future impacts on the areas surrounding the airport by restricting the types of buildings that can be constructed near the airport. These restrictions were imposed without consultation on properties within Horsley Park and Cecil Park located under the 20-25 ANEC associated with the Western Sydney Airport. The restrictions mean that:
- Affected land can no longer be subdivided into 1 hectare (2.5 acre) lots for residential purposes; and
- Dwellings, dual occupancies and granny flats are prohibited on the land.
Before the restrictions were introduced by the State Government, Council allowed consideration of 1ha subdivision for residential dwellings and dual occupancy development (on 2ha lots) since 1994 and granny flats since 2014. Additionally, Council had adopted a draft plan for the area that proposed 1 acre subdivision in the affected areas.
These restrictions are extremely unfair and unreasonable and cause significant disadvantage for affected landowners in Horsley Park and Cecil Park and should be removed by the State Government immediately.
Council has written to the Prime Minister, Premier of NSW, State Member for Mulgoa and Minister for Planning registering its strongest concerns regarding the unfair and unreasonable nature of restrictions that have been placed on landowners without any prior warning and requesting that they be removed.
In August 2020, Council also sent letters to affected land owners warning of the government’s intention to impose these restrictions. A public meeting was recently held on 27 March 2021 to discuss these issues with the community.
Let the State Government know how the restrictions have impacted the lives of you and your family
It is important to make the State Government aware of how the restrictions have affected the lives and personal circumstances of affected landowners.
Council is aware of cases where the restrictions have resulted in financial loss for landowners. For example, affected landowners no longer have the ability to subdivide and sell new lots to support their retirement or build additional residential accommodation for family members and relatives.
It is important that landowners continue to raise these issues to let the State Government know that the restrictions have been at the expense of the personal wellbeing and welfare of people living under the 20-25 ANEC.
Key issues raised by Council
Fairfield City Council has repeatedly raised its concerns with the State Government regarding the unfair and unreasonable nature of the aircraft noise restrictions imposed on landowners in Horsley Park and Cecil Park.
Specifically, the restrictions do not achieve a balance between the property rights of affected landowners and the future airport. The protection of the asset value of the airport is being given total priority over people’s property rights and livelihoods.
Fairfield City Council Aircraft Noise Strategy (Marshall Day Acoustics)
Council engaged the services of Marshall Day Acoustics to:
- Identify inconsistencies and inequities in the approach being taken by the State Government for affected owners having regard to existing planning policies and practices for development in aircraft noise affected areas, drawing upon case studies and past practice; and
- Prepare an Aircraft Noise Strategy to support a minimum subdivision standard of 1 acre and associated residential accommodation on the subject land within the Horsley Park Urban Investigation Area (UIA).
The Aircraft Noise Strategy provides a framework to support Council’s preferred structure plan for the Horsley Park UIA and potentially a planning proposal allowing the subdivision and residential development on lots of a minimum size of 1 acre.
The Strategy was finalised in April 2021 and is available for viewing via the link below:
Who to write to?
If you would like to write to the State Government to express your concerns and request a review of the restrictions, click the following link to see contact details of relevant persons to write to: Who-to-write-to.pdf(PDF, 164KB)
Relevant Correspondence and Reports