Council Approves DA for St George Church

Council is recommending that DA54082/2018 at 3 Oak Road, Matcham be APPROVED.

The final decision will be made on the 10th December 2018 at 6.30pm. Council Chambers, 2 Hely Street, Wyong.

Please attend if you like to hear what councillors have to to say about the DA.

If you disagree with the recommendation for approval, I would urge you to email the following Councillors, and pass on this email to others who may also want to let the council know that the community disagrees with this decision. Emailing these decision makers is important.

Jane Smith:
Rebecca Gale Collins:
Jeff Sundstrom:
Jamie Loader:

Make sure to include the following info at the top of your email.

Description: Conversion of Existing Church into a new Dwelling at 3 Oak Road, Matcham.”

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Why is this small block development so important?

“There are lots of small blocks here already. What’s the problem?”

It is a fair question and one we often get from neighbours citing other small blocks as precedent.

A professional property consultancy firm advised us on the matter;

“Up until the 1980’s Council allowed subdivision and small lot developments in the Matcham area. For a range of reasons, including escalating small block applications, Council rezoned the area 7(c2) Conservation and Scenic Protection (Scenic Protection – Rural Small Holdings).

Under the new 7(c2) zoning it increased the minimum lot size to 2 hectares for new dwellings. This can be reduced down to 1 hectare where a monetary contribution is paid to Council for the acquisition of conservation land. Small blocks with a dwelling entitlement pior to the rezoning in the 1980’s remain permissible. New dwelling applications must meet the the current planning instrument 7(c2).”

We have been unable to find a new dwelling approved after 7(c2) that does not meet the minimum 1 hectare (10,000sqm) requirement.

The DA for 3 Oak Road Matcham is requesting an exemption. If approved, it would be the first successful exemption to the minimum land size requirement for a new dwelling in the last 30 years. It will set a new standard, a new precedent for future development applications.

This week we have had discussions with several locals who do not want this petition to succeed. One is a developer with significant land holdings in the valley and at least one residential neighbour who said, “we are keen to subdivide, so this is good for us!”. For certain, there are many more pro-development residents quietly watching from the sidelines.

Let’s not reverse twenty years of work and return to the over-development era of the 1980’s. Make a difference, share this petition and let’s send a message to Central Coast Council that we want to keep the minimum 1 hectare (10,000sqm) requirement for new dwellings!.


DA Lodged with Council

Development Details

This is an excerpt of the DA issued to council for the development of a new dwelling (2023sqm block). The complete set of documents can be downloaded by clicking on the below links: 

CLICK HERE to Download The Complete DA

CLICK HERE to Download Floor Plan

“Council’s consent is sought to convert a former church on the subject property into a dwelling and erect a detached garage. The proposed development is to be staged as follows:

Stage 1: Conversion of the former church to a one-bedroom dwelling and the construction of a detached garage on the southern side of the property.

Stage 2: Alterations to the dwelling and additions to the rear of the dwelling to create a three- bedroom dwelling on the land.

The property is located on the western side of Oak Road, around 35m from the intersection of Coachwood Rd. It has a total land area of 2,023m2. The land is irregularly shaped with a width at the building line of approximately 43m and a variable depth of around 45m.

The property contains a former Anglican Church which was recently purchased by the current owners. An existing detached awning and shed also exist on the northern side of the property. The site also contains some vegetation around the side and rear boundaries.


3 Oak Road – proposed development plan



The proposal is consistent with the objectives of the 7(c2) zoning as it will:

  • Not detract from the existing buffer zone between the conservation areas to the north and west and the urban areas to the east.
  • Facilitate the development of a new dwelling on the rural-residential holding whilst not having an adverse effect on the aesthetic and scenic value of the land.
  • Not create a demand for the provision of additional services to the property.
  • Will not unreasonably interfere with the amenity of adjoining properties mainly by implementing generous setback distances.In addition to the above, it is considered that the proposed development appropriately addresses the objectives of the Local Government Act and its principles of ecologically sustainable development. This is primarily due to the fact that the development is seeking to retain and re-use the former church as part of the overall development. Retention and re-use of the former church will reduce the demolition costs and the need to dispose of the materials in land fill. It will also reduce the cost of materials required for the development.”


Lisarow Development – A sign of things to come?


At last nights Council meeting a proposal to rezone a block in Lisarow from conservation and scenic protection to low-density residential has been approved. The block at 44 Taylor Rd will be subdivided into five residential blocks.

Central Coast Council was divided over the issue, with Mayor Jane Smith using her casting vote to approve the planning proposal.

The site of the planning proposal. Source: Central Coast Council

Neighbour Denise Allen expressed concerns about the wildlife corridor as well as future applications for rezoning on semirural spaces which would change the character on the area.

She said the previous owner had unsuccessfully tried to rezone the land for the past 10-15 years.

“What has changed?” she said.

Council’s group leader for environment and planning Scott Cox said a large section of land was removed from the latest proposal due to bushfire impacts.

The History of the Church


A group of dedicated locals from the Matcham and Holgate community have created a beautiful website to record the history, past and present, of St George’s Church at 3 Oak Road, Matcham. We encourage everyone to click on the link below and take-in some of the amazing historical stories that surround this important landmark.

Did you know that local families joined together each year for carols by candlelight, and sometimes even fireworks!

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