Council to fight subdivision of Beaumaris RSL

25 November 2014

Council will engage senior counsel to fight an application at VCAT to subdivide the Beaumaris RSL site on Balcombe Road into 21 lots.

Bayside Mayor Cr Felicity Frederico said the proposed subdivision is a poor design that would result in development that does not respect the identified neighbourhood character, heritage, environmental or landscape characteristics of the area.

“The layout is inconsistent with planning objectives for this area. Our housing strategy clearly directs growth towards areas that are well served by shops, services and public transport.  This site is not.

“Design requirements for site coverage, setbacks and walls on boundaries have not been taken into account in the layout and size of a number of lots. All but three lots are less than 500 square metres and well below the general lot size in the surrounding area.

“The application does not provide any public open space and proposes to remove all but eight of the 75 trees currently on the site. This would result in the loss of significant native and indigenous trees.

“We also have some serious concerns about the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists due to the layout of footpaths and roads and access from Balcombe Road,” Cr Frederico said.

The application is due to be heard by VCAT in February.

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