Port bid gets nod

VCAT OK for town­houses

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - SHANE FOWLES

SEV­ERAL multi-storey apart­ments can be built on a Por­tar­ling­ton prop­erty af­ter the Gee­long coun­cil failed in its bid to block it.

De­vel­oper Tony Tri­cola se­cured ap­proval in the Vic­to­rian Civil and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal ( VCAT) for a four-dwelling de­vel­op­ment on a sin­gle Wil­lis St site.

The per­mit al­lows for a sin­gle-storey dwelling to be de­mol­ished and re­placed by three triple-storey town­houses and a dou­ble-storey apart­ment.

There have been mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions this year for three-storey build­ings in the coastal vil­lage, with five pro­posed for the cor­ner of Park and Stevens streets.

Mr Tri­cola took the Wil­lis St fight to VCAT af­ter the Gee­long coun­cil failed to rule on the mat­ter within the statu­tory pe­riod.

Later, in March, a coun­cil panel ad­vised that it would have re­fused the ap­pli­ca­tion due to is­sues with neigh­bour­hood char­ac­ter, street set­back and build­ing height.

Amended plans, cir­cu­lated in June, re­duced the max­i­mum height of the de­vel­op­ment from 10.4m to 9.4m.

But the coun­cil told VCAT that the pro­posed changes did not change its view.

VCAT mem­ber Peter Gaschk on Thurs­day is­sued a per­mit, say­ing the pro­posed height was lower than that al­lowed un­der the zone and lo­cal plan­ning pol­icy.

“I ac­cept that the de­sign re­sponse pro­vides greater built form in­ten­sity than the sur­round­ing dwellings,” he said.

“How­ever this is what the (law) en­cour­ages and an­tic­i­pates for this area. This scale and height should not be un­ex­pected.”

Mr Gaschk found the site’s prox­im­ity to shops, ser­vices and pub­lic trans­port, and its set­ting on wide streets, were also in its favour.

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