Small re­sponse to de­mo­li­tion pro­posal

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park is set to make a de­ci­sion about an amend­ment that will af­fect about 5000 prop­er­ties in the re­gion.

Amend­ment 73 aims to cre­ate a spe­cial con­trol area around large parts of Vic­to­ria Park, where res­i­dents will need de­vel­op­ment ap­provals to de­mol­ish ‘orig­i­nal dwellings’.

Ac­cord­ing to the Town, a “pro­por­tion­ately small num­ber of sub­mis­sions (69)” were re­ceived dur­ing the ad­ver­tis­ing pe­riod de­spite nearly 5000 let­ters be­ing sent out.

Most sub­mis­sions ob­jected to the pro­posal, es­pe­cially the is­sue of con­ser­va­tion no­tices, which would al­low the Town to en­ter the ‘orig­i­nal dwelling’ and carry out re­pairs. The ex­penses in­curred by the coun­cil would then be able to be re­cov­ered as a debt due.

A coun­cil re­port rec­om­mended that the pro­posal pro­ceed in a mod­i­fied form and that an “in­de­pen­dent com­pre­hen­sive com­mu­nity en­gage­ment project be un­der­taken to eval­u­ate the com­mu­nity’s views on the re­ten­tion of orig­i­nal dwellings”.

Ques­tions were raised by the com­mu­nity about the ef­fi­ciency of hold­ing a two-year com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod dur­ing the coun­cil’s elected mem­bers brief­ing ses­sion last week.

The coun­cil will make a de­ci­sion at tonight’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the in­tro­duc­tion of the Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment (Lo­cal Plan­ning Schemes) Reg­u­la­tions 2015 by the State Govern­ment in Oc­to­ber 2015 had had an im­pact on the ex­ist­ing pro­tec­tions and dwelling re­ten­tion mea­sures un­der Coun­cil’s Town Plan­ning Scheme No. 1 by do­ing away with the need for de­vel­op­ment ap­proval for the de­mo­li­tion of a sin­gle house.

The amend­ment aims to re­in­state the pro­tec­tions that pre­vi­ously ex­isted for the Res­i­den­tial Char­ac­ter Study Area.

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