Development in the pipeline

A FOUR-lot subdivision in North Bendigo previously refused by City of Greater Bendigo and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is expected to be approved by councillors, after modifications to the plans.

There remains 30 objections to the proposal - which outlines plans to subdivide two blocks, totalling 900 square metres, into four lots and construct four two-storey dwellings.

The proposal to build five contemporary dwellings was previously refused in 2012, as it went against neighbourhood character and would be an overdevelopment of the site.

Despite modifications to the proposal, residents remain concerned about loss of privacy and views, impact on streetscape, over-development and an increase in noise and traffic.

Objectors also believe the proposal, including modern architecture and two-storey dwellings, does not fit with the neighbourhood character.

However Bendigo council remain satisfied that the changes do enough to ensure the development is appropriate.

The city recommends the proposal be approved by councillors at this Wednesday's ordinary council meeting.

However there is an alternate motion listed in the agenda to refuse the proposal on neighbourhood character, amenity and adverse traffic grounds.

Councillors will also respond to a petition calling for "single pool only" fees for rural areas.

A petition, with 36 signatures, has called for council to reinstate the Marong only membership for Marong Swimming Pool so residents can pay a reduced cost to only use that pool, rather than all pools across the region.

The city recommends that regional seasonal passes remain as is this year, but that a working party be established following this year's summer season to review all fees and charges for 2014-15.

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