Coun­cil de­fers plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion pend­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS - By RICHARD JAGO

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.

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