The church building at the centre of a community campaign in Huskisson will not be demolished.
Proponent Steve Bartlett on Thursday amended his development application that sought permission to demolish the Cyril Blackett designed church building.
“I’ve heard the community loud and clear and changed the plan,” said Mr Blackett, referring to the intense community campaign to have the church and its grounds quarantined from development.
Instead, he is seeking to have the church building moved to another location on the site.
“The aim is for it to be repurposed as either a retail or activity centre,” he said.
Mr Bartlett said the building could not stay in its current location on the site.
“That would make the site unviable.”
Mr Bartlett, who also owns the Husky Pub, said the other structures on the church site were still part of the amended demolition DA.
“They have to be demolished because they are full of asbestos,” he said.
Last week, Shoalhaven City Council voted not to include the church building on its heritage register. The Save Husky Church group, which has gathered 1200 signatures on a petition to save the church and the site on which it sits, lodged an interim heritage order with the Office of Environment and Heritage to try to stall any move to demolish the building.