Sub­di­vi­sion ap­proved

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­[email protected] ne­me­

IN­DIGO Shire Coun­cil, on Tues­day night, ap­proved a 10-lot sub­di­vi­sion close to the cen­tre of Beech­worth.

Mayor Bernard Gaffney and deputy Barbara Mur­doch voted against the ap­pli­ca­tion which passed 4-2, af­ter the for­mer quizzed de­vel­op­ment and com­mu­nity ser­vices di­rec­tor Mark Florence for more than five min­utes with a num­ber of his con­cerns.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was orig­i­nally made for a 13-lot sub­di­vi­sion plus road re­serve si­t­u­ated be­tween Tan­swell Street and Ford Street off Pritchard Lane, an area known as the Beech­worth Ten­nis Courts.

It was then re­vised to a 10-lot pro­posal plus road re­serve and for­mu­lated a set of de­sign guide­lines to ac­com­pany the sub­di­vi­sion.

A to­tal of 32 sub­mis­sions to the ap­pli­ca­tion were re­ceived by coun­cil while two plan­ning fo­cus meet­ing were held to gauge the ob­jec­tors’ re­sponse to the changes to the ap­pli­ca­tion.

De­spite res­i­dents’ con­cerns about the lot size/ den­sity, po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and im­pact on the his­toric na­ture of Beech­worth, a coun­cil re­port stated that in a broader ur­ban con­text the pro­posed sub­di­vi­sion meets the re­quire­ments of In­digo Plan­ning Scheme and Lo­cal Pol­icy ob­jec­tives.

The de­vel­op­ers will also be re­quired to sub­mit fur­ther de­tailed en­gi­neer­ing de­signs be­fore any work goes ahead.

Coun­cil­lor So­phie Price said she un­der­stood the con­cerns of lo­cal res­i­dents and that plenty of work had and would con­tinue to be done to en­sure the de­vel­op­ment meets plan­ning guide­lines.

“It’s ob­vi­ously a con­cern and of in­ter­est to the com­mu­nity when a site in this sort of lo­ca­tion is de­vel­oped but it is in­evitable that it will be de­vel­oped,” she said.

“I think our coun­cil staff and the ap­pli- cant have gone as far as pos­si­ble to make it some­thing that is com­pat­i­ble with the area and suit­able to Beech­worth and to not go against the char­ac­ter of the town.”

Fel­low coun­cil­lor James Tren­ery was all for the de­vel­op­ment and said it would be great for the town.

“I think the key fact is Beech­worth needs de­vel­op­ment, I deal with a lot of busi­ness in Beech­worth through other roles and it’s not ab­so­lutely flat out,” he said.

“They’d ( busi­ness own­ers) like to see more peo­ple in the town, not just more peo­ple com­ing in, not through tourism, but reg­u­lar peo­ple that live nearby.

“To have a de­vel­op­ment to­wards the in­ner area of Beech­worth can do noth­ing but help the lo­cal busi­nesses.”

Ear­lier in Tues­day’s meet­ing a mo­tion was moved to de­fer con­sid­er­a­tion of an ap­pli­ca­tion for a camp­ing and car­a­van park at May­day Hills in Beech­worth un­til in­for­ma­tion is re­ceived on how it would con­trib­ute to both the fu­ture of the area and the his­toric core of the May­day Hills com­plex.

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