Council defers planning application pending further information
MANSFIELD Shire Council spent considerable time last week discussing an application to develop a Crosby’s Lane block of land for a dwelling and a shed, and eventually deferred the decision.
The application made nine months ago in November last year by IPS Building Services sought a variation from the covenant to use external steel cladding rather than brick or stone, as required.
It was advertised and nine objections were lodged, two being withdrawn after an amendment to conform with the requirements of the covenant.
A permit allowing construction of a dwelling and shed was originally issued in 2003, followed by re-issues in 2006 and 2007, the latter being for converting the shed into a temporary dwelling; this lapsed in 2011.
The present owner took pos- session of the land about eight years ago (2007).
The seven objections focused on devaluation of property values due to lack of amenity caused by alleged rubble, construction materials, car wrecks and containers, and three dogs on the site.
There were also objections based on drainage from stormwater discharges from the site.
Objectors and the property owner both spoke to the application.
Council’s planning department recommended the approval of the application with 12 conditions which included mandating landscaping and storage of waste and other materials affecting general amenity.
In particular it recommended expiry of the permit if development did not begin within 12 months or if it was not completed within two years, but with the proviso that these periods could be extended based on a written request be- fore the permit expired.
Rather than approving this recommendation as formulated, Cr Ellen Hogan proposed amending the permit expiry to 12 months instead of two years as an acceptable compromise.
Cr Paul Sladdin declined to second this amendment, instead moving that the application be rejected.
As two councillors (Russell Bate and Ray Robinson) were not present at the meeting, there was no seconder for either motion and Mayor Marg Attley proposed a temporary closure of the meeting, while councillors and chief executive officer Alex Green discussed the issue privately.
With the reopening of the meeting, Cr Sladdin moved a deferral of the decision on the application, pending the acquisition of further information from the objectors, with a decision to be made at the September meeting of council; this was carried.
DEFERRED DECISION: A decision to upgrade this shed to a residence has been deferred by Mansfield Shire Council until further discussions with objectors can be met.