VCAT sup­ports per­mit for in­fill de­vel­op­ment

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

De­vel­op­ment of a sec­ond house on a prop­erty in Wind­sor Ave, War­ragul has been ap­proved by the Vic­to­rian Civil and Ap­peals Tri­bunal.

VCAT mem­ber Carol Daicic sup­ported the pro­posal, say­ing in­fill de­vel­op­ment was sup­ported by plan­ning poli­cies.

VCAT was told the lot at 29 Wind­sor Ave was 823 square me­tres. A sin­gle storey weath­er­board house is lo­cated on the site.

The pro­posal sought to de­velop a three bed­room house at the back of the site, be­hind the ex­ist­ing dwelling.

Julie Com­rie re­quested VCAT re­view the ap­pli­ca­tion. She raised con­cerns about the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact; car park­ing; close prox­im­ity to neigh­bours; po­ten­tial to de­crease prop­erty prices; over­crowd­ing and over­shad­ow­ing.

On be­half of the ap­pli­cant, plan­ner Joey White­head told VCAT the pro­posal was mod­est and en­cour­aged ur­ban dwelling di­ver­sity.

The ap­pli­cant put for­ward amended plans to ad­dress some of the con­cerns raised by Ms Com­rie about car park­ing.

The amended plans now lo­cate the car space on the east­ern side of the ex­ist­ing house and pro­pose a new cross­over and drive­way to ser­vice this car space.

Ms Daicic said most of Ms Com­rie’s sub­mis­sions fo­cussed on the fact the de­vel­op­ment does not re­spect the ex­ist­ing leafy neigh­bour­hood char­ac­ter.

She said Ms Com­rie also stated that ex­ist­ing neigh­bour­hood char­ac­ter was not just about streetscape char­ac­ter; it also in­cluded sig­nif­i­cant side plant­ings and live­able back yards.

Ms Daicic said sur­round­ing lots were mainly de­vel­oped with sin­gle dwellings and garages on sim­i­lar size al­lot­ments and set­backs to Wind­sor Ave.

She said the sub­ject site was close to a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and park­land, and was well lo­cated to jobs, trans­port and ser­vices.

“Typ­i­cally, dwellings in Wind­sor Av­enue gen­er­ally date back to the early 1940s through to the 1960s.

“How­ever, there is a pres­ence of more con­tem­po­rary medium den­sity hous­ing de­vel­op­ment through­out the area in­clud­ing, dual oc­cu­pancy de­vel­op­ment on the south side of the street, medium den­sity at the western end of Wind­sor Ave and an­other de­vel­op­ment of flats on the east­ern end of Wind­sor Ave dat­ing to the 1970s,” she said.

Ms Daicic said she con­sid­ered a pre­vi­ous VCAT de­ci­sion for a medium den­sity pro­posal at 7-9 Wind­sor Ave where the tri­bunal noted that ur­ban con­sol­i­da­tion was an im­por­tant ob­jec­tive in the plan­ning scheme.

“How­ever, achiev­ing that ob­jec­tive must be bal­anced against the range of com­pet­ing ob­jec­tives such as re­spect­ing neigh­bour­hood char­ac­ter and main­tain­ing the amenity of ad­join­ing prop­er­ties and the im­me­di­ate area,” the pre­vi­ous de­ci­sion stated.

Ms Daicic de­ter­mined the pro­posal was con­sis­tent with plan­ning poli­cies.

“The sec­ond dwelling will im­prove di­ver­sity and choice in hous­ing in an area that is lo­cated close to War­ragul town cen­tre.

“In­fill de­vel­op­ment such as this is sup­ported by plan­ning pol­icy be­cause it max­imises the land po­ten­tial in an ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tion and will make use of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices given its prox­im­ity to lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vices, the Civic Cen­tre and War­ragul town cen­tre.

“I find that a sec­ond dwelling on the re­view site will in­crease hous­ing choice and is not out of char­ac­ter with the sur­round­ing area given the scale and that there are other ex­am­ples of multi dwelling devel­op­ments in Wind­sor Ave and Clif­ford Street, War­ragul.

The per­mit was ap­proved with ad­di­tional re­quire­ments to amend car park­ing de­signs and pro­vi­sion of a land­scape plan.

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