VCAT to decide

An application for a multi-million dollar development to build a 340-dwelling “Residential Village” in Diggers Rest was recently refused by Melton City Council.

According to a report by Insight Planning Consultants, the project will facilitate the provision of affordable living options within close proximity to the Diggers Rest Train Station and local shops.

Through this project, the developers are partnering with not-for-profit organisation “Homes for Homes” to help contribute toward the fight against homelessness state wide.

It’s understood that the proposal will provide essential infrastructure in support of the growing elderly population within the area.

In accordance with the Council meeting, the proposal is generally consistent with planning policies in the planning scheme.

However, Council received an objection from Melbourne Airport and 42 objections from residents including a petition.

On balance, Council Officers considered the project to be inconsistent with other policies in the planning scheme, in particular the objectives of the Melbourne Airport Environs Overlay and urban design issues.

The application has been referred to a VCAT hearing scheduled for March 2022.

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