Frogs Hollow flight school prepares for public submissions

Planning staff at Bega Valley Shire Council have made a preliminary assessment of development application that proposes a recreational flight school at Frogs Hollow.

The site adjacent to the Princes Hwy is home to a longstanding airfield, however the applicant, Sports Aviation Flight College Australia, is proposing a $10.4million investment.

Council officers have determined that all information needed for the application to be placed on exhibition has been submitted.

Submissions from the community will be invited between November 15 and December 6.

Pilot instructor and Sports Aviation Australia CEO Mitch Boyle.

Pilot instructor and Sports Aviation Australia CEO Mitch Boyle.

In line with Schedule 4A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, BVSC will then forward the application to the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel (SJRPP) for final determination.

The Act compels the council to refer certain developments valued at over $5million to the SJRPP, this includes air transport facilities.

Council’s role in this case will be to coordinate the exhibition period. On completion council staff will compile an assessment report for the consideration of the SJRPP. Any submissions received during the 21-day exhibition period will be addressed in the staff report.

Planning panels are an instrument of NSW Department of Planning and Environment and operate across the state to provide independent, merit-based decision making on regionally significant developments.

Former NSW Environment Minister Pam Allan is chair of the SJRPP.

Those with an interest in the proposed recreational flight school at Frogs Hollow will be able to engage with the process ahead via Council's DA tracker and the Planning Panel's website