Crown Lands

Proposed sale of Crown land by direct negotiation, Westleigh

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Crown Lands is seeking community feedback on the proposed sale of Crown land located between 3 - 5 Silver Crescent and the Silver Crescent road reserve in Westleigh NSW 2120.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Crown Lands is seeking community feedback on the proposed sale of Crown land located between 3 - 5 Silver Crescent and the Silver Crescent road reserve in Westleigh NSW 2120.

Aerial map of proposed land for sale
Aerial map of proposed Crown land for sale

Crown Lands are considering the proposed sale of a 71 m2 portion of Crown land identified as Lot 4702 in Deposited Plan 1204882 by direct negotiation to the adjoining landholder. A sale by direct negotiation means that the department will negotiate exclusively with the adjoining landholder for the sale of the parcel as opposed to offering the land for sale through a public competitive process.

This piece of land is currently reserved for the purpose of future public requirements, however, the department has assessed the subject land and identified that it has no functional community use. A proposed sale by direct negotiation with the adjoining landholder is being considered as the best use for the Crown land given its size, nature and location.

Have Your Say

Please quote reference number #631382 in the subject of any submission to ensure the department can direct your submission to the right place for consideration.

If you are sending a submission via Australia Post please allow enough time for it to be received before the closing time and date.

Feedback on this proposal can be provided by:

  • completing the online submission form
  • sending a written submission via Australia Post to: Project Leader, Department of Planning & Environment, PO Box 2155, Dangar NSW 2309

Submissions will close at 11:59 PM (AEST) on SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2022.

Important: note that all submissions will be published on the department’s website unless marked as confidential.

Community Engagement Strategy

Engagement on this proposed sale is a requirement of the Community Engagement Strategy.  The Strategy has been developed by the Department of Planning and Environment to set an open and transparent framework for engaging the community about important decisions on Crown land. The Strategy acknowledges that needs vary between communities, and that a range of engagement approaches may be required to ensure community views are understood before important decisions are made.

Learn more about the Community Engagement Strategy.

Next steps from here

All community feedback is valued by the department. Your feedback will be considered in making a decision about this proposed sale.

The final decision will be published on this page and on What’s Happening in Your Area notification page of this website.

 

Frequently asked questions

Where is the Crown land proposed for sale located?

The Crown land is identified as Lot 4702 DP 1204882, 3-5 Silver Crescent, Westleigh NSW 2120. The Crown land is 71 m2 in size which is around the size of five car parking spaces or a third of a tennis court.

What is the Crown land currently used for?

The land currently forms part of a Crown Reserve for future public requirements; however, it is not currently used for any public purpose. It is a 71 m2 parcel of Crown land positioned between the adjoining landholder’s freehold property and the Silver Crescent road reserve. 

Why is the department proposing to sell this land?

The department was approached by the adjoining landholder with a proposal to purchase the parcel of land. The department has assessed this proposal and determined that the parcel of land has no functional community use. Therefore, the department are considering a sale by direct negotiation with the adjoining landholder as the best use for the Crown land given its nature, size and location.

What will happen to the current reserve if the sale proceeds?

If the proposed sale proceeds, ownership of the land will pass to the adjoining landholder in freehold. Crown Lands will issue a notice in the NSW Government Gazette revoking the reserve and the land will no longer be Crown land.

How will the land be sold?

A proposed sale by direct negotiation with the adjoining landholder is being considered as the best and most appropriate option, given the nature, size and location of the land.

A sale by direct negotiation means that the department will negotiate exclusively with the adjoining landholder for the sale of the parcel as opposed to offering the land for sale through a public competitive process.

If the sale of the parcel of land is approved, the sale will be carried out in accordance with the sale or lease of Crown land by direct negotiation policy (IND-O-182 V6.0) and the sale of Crown land policy (IND-O-251 V3.0).

How is the value of the land determined?

Crown land must be sold at the current market value as determined by a Certified Practising Valuer.

Once a valuation is conducted, this is then reviewed by the department’s valuation services team to ensure that the determined price reflects current market value.

When will the department make a decision?

The department must follow the steps outlined in the Community Engagement Strategy. A decision will be made after the 28-day consultation period is completed and the department has reviewed all comments and feedback provided by the community and stakeholders.

There is no guarantee that the proposed sale will progress.

How will the department consult the community?

The notification period for this proposed dealing is 28 days, commencing from Monday 29 August 2022 and closing at midnight on Sunday 25 September 2022.

You can view the notification on the department’s website.

The department encourages public submissions during this time. See below for more information on making a public submission.

How can I make a submission?

Community members can make a submission by visiting our public exhibition webpage and completing the online form.

You can also send a submission form via Australia Post to the Department of Planning and Environment, Crown Lands at PO Box 2155, Dangar NSW 2309.

Please ensure to include the reference number in your submission so that we know where to direct it.

How will the department consider feedback and submissions in the decision-making process?

The department will review and evaluate feedback and submissions with emphasis on the importance that the land has and how it is used by the local community.

If the community raises issues that were unknown to the department, we may need to engage further with the community.

The community’s views are important and will contribute to the final decision on the use of Crown land.

You can find more information about the Community Engagement Strategy.

How will the community find out about the decision?

The final outcomes and decision of the proposed sale will be published on the department’s webpage once a final decision is made.

All submitters will be informed of the decision once it has been made.