ANOTHER commercial and residential development has been approved for inner Bendigo.
City of Greater Bendigo councillors last night approved a planning permit for a three storey building with basement in Mundy Street.
The project, which was submitted by E+ Architecture, has a two bedroom and three bedroom dwelling, two apartments and office space.
But it’s not the first time plans have been approved for the site.
A four storey development with 12 apartments was approved for the block in 2003 but the permit expired in May.
Councillor Barry Lyons said the new plan, which had objections from two nearby residents, was positive.
“I think it’s appropriate where it is,” he said.
“Unfortunately we’re going to run into this problem as the city develops and going up in the air with all this development.
“But I think we’ve looked after the impact situation as far as the neighbours go quite well.
“I fully support it.”
Councillor Mark Weragoda said the development would be “great for our CBD” and councillor James Williams noted the changing face of downtown Bendigo in giving his support.
“It is and will continue to concern residents in the central area due to the changing nature and the desire of council to both infill and provide additional living space in this vicinity," he said.
“It will meet the long term needs of the city.
“I do sympathise with the objectors.
“However this is an appropriate development in close proximity to the CBD.”
Councillor Rod Campbell said development did not quite comply with planning laws “in the most religious sense” buy said it made “a great deal of sense”.
“It’s a good plan,” he said.
The approval follows news 15 apartments will be created in the historic Webb and Co building.