An aeroplane hangar on Berry Mountain may be turned into an artisan brewery, restaurant and bar.
The brewery is expected to produce 3,000 litres of Harvest Brewing Company beer per week, including both wholesale and retail sales, and would be sold at the tasting bar and restaurant.
The bar and restaurant would cater for 220 patrons with 140 bar patrons and 80 restaurant patrons, and would include a playground and car park for 40 cars.
The alterations and additions to the 1950s airplane hangar are expected to cost $1.5 million.
Thirty-eight community objections were submitted to council over the development application for 466 Kangaroo Valley Road, Berry Mountain, where it is planned to be located.
The site of the development contains the locally heritage listed Glenworth House which some residents have objected to because they believe it may turn into a tourist attraction.
The hangar is 300m away from Glenworth house and has two separate entrances in use from Kangaroo Valley Road
The applicant, Chinamansbeach Pty Ltd, said they only intend to open it up twice a year to the public; once for a garden festival and on another occasion for a charity fundraiser.
NSW Police raised traffic safety concerns about the road conditions on the section of Kangaroo Valley Road after the original development application was submitted to council on March 11, 2020.
"Considering the terrain, limited roadside barriers, the road edge proximity to extreme road side drops, wildlife, the road width, an increase in inexperienced drivers driving on this type of roadway, weight and vehicle restrictions and weather conditions, it is very likely with the increase in traffic that there will be an increase in serious motor vehicle collisions and road trauma," said NSW Police.
The applicant replied: "following feedback from the initial application of March 11, 2020, and discussion with council planning department, data was compiled that allowed a better understanding of traffic concerns. This allowed for the amendment of the application to significantly reduce the risk of a severe injury accident."
The applicant said they have adequately amended the initial application to address the traffic safety issue, including by reducing the hangar floor space to be used by customers by 20 per cent and by offering a return mini-bus from Berry each hour.
The applicant claims these measures will reduce vehicle movements by 52-82 compared to the initial submission.
The applicant said the safety risk had been additionally reduced by the shortening in operating hours by an hour to 11am-7pm and by advertising on Chinamansbeach Pty Ltd and Harvest Brewing Company websites that preferred route to access and leave the brewery will be by Tourist Road.
Although part of the property is prone to bushfires, the brewery would not be.
The applicant said a fire tender would be located on site and there would be appropriate fire safety equipment, as required by planning legislation.
The brewery would not open to customers at times RFS/police advise it is unsafe to be in the area due to fire risk, according to the applicant.
The development application for additions and alterations to an existing aeroplane hangar will be put to Shoalhaven City Council at the development and environment committee meeting tonight (Tuesday, March 2).