Back to drawing board for project

Controversial development knocked back

CITY of Greater Bendigo councillors have knocked back a controversial home development in North Bendigo.

The development, which received 30 objections, would have seen four lots of two storey dwellings built on a site in Nolan Street. 

The owner refused to meet with objectors.

Councillor Peter Cox told a City of Greater Bendigo meeting the project would create “visual bulk” and traffic issues.

“There has been a double fatality accident within 100 metres of this site and there’s a severe blind dip in the road,” he said.

“I think we need to reconsider and make that a major issue.”

Nearby residents objected to the application due to an apparent loss of privacy and sunlight, an increase in noise and the impact on the streetscape.

A previous development proposed for the site was refused by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

But Councillor Rod Campbell said the development adhered to planning laws.

“There is no doubt in my mind that if this went to VCAT it would get a guernsey,” he said.

“The fact of the matter is, generally speaking, the proposition confirms with ResCode.

“I have to base this not on how I’m feeling or how my heart’s feeling, but on planning matters.”

Councillor Mark Weragoda said he was disappointed the developer didn’t consult with the community and said there could still be a better outcome.

Councillor Lisa Ruffell said nearby residents were not anti-development, but wanted the right development on the site.

She noted the road was used by B-double trucks.

“(The road) is too narrow,” Cr Ruffell said.

“We can have all the traffic reports you like, but unless you live in the area and have seen the traffic you don’t realise.”  

Council staff had recommended the proposal be approved with a range of modifications and conditions. A two lot subdivision in Hodgson Street, Eaglehawk, was approved. 

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