A state government planning panel convened to assess Bendigo’s first large-scale medium-density housing development will give its recommendation to the City of Greater Bendigo by mid-October.
The Lansell Crest development in East Bendigo, which would see more than 100 new homes fill an empty block close to the city, received a number of objections via public submissions to the council.
The panel heard from a selection of objectors at a three-day hearing in Bendigo last week, along with lawyers representing developer Birchgrove Property and representatives from Bendigo council.
Concerns voiced to the panel focused on lot sizes and traffic flow.
A lawyer representing the developer said the project addressed a yawning gap in the local housing market.
“It’s about opening up the housing market to as many people as possible across a price range than enables all persons whatever their economic or social status to have the opportunity of buying or indeed renting a home in this location,” John Cicero said.
The planning scheme amendment proposes to lift remove the existing cap of 65 dwellings, to build 104 properties from 85 to 350 sqm, ranging from two to five-bedroom houses, some of which will be triple storey.
City of Greater Bendigo councillors will make a decision on the amendment after it views the panel’s report.
Council’s decision will then be forwarded to the planning minister for a final decision.