Bayside City Council Mayor, Cr Alex del Porto has welcomed the opportunity to speak at a meeting of the North Brighton Residents Action Group on 13 September to discuss the State Government’s proposed redevelopment of public housing in New Street, Brighton.
Cr del Porto said that public housing is an essential part of Bayside’s housing mix and that it is important the State Government undertakes developments in an appropriate way.
“However, under the Government’s approach proposed for redevelopment of the New Street social housing site in Brighton, planning control will be taken away from Council removing opportunities for the local community to have their say,” Cr del Porto said.
“Council is deeply concerned that in order to construct the proposed large-scale apartment development, the state government will bypass Council as the planning authority and the Minister for Planning will enact his discretionary powers to allow it to progress unimpeded.”
The current proposal is one of nine sites being redeveloped as part of the Victorian Government’s Homes for Victorians strategy. It will see the construction of over 300 apartments in towers of up to nine storeys built on the New Street site, a significant portion of which will be sold as private residences.
“The proposed buildings are in an area currently zoned for buildings of no more than three storeys in height and will fundamentally alter this part of Bayside,” Cr del Porto said
“The development will reduce the amenity of local residents while achieving only a small increase in the amount of public housing on the site.
“In the face of this it is important that people impacted by the development take the opportunity to be heard.”
The North Brighton Residents Action Group is calling on all impacted residents to make a submission to the State Government’s Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee. There is also a parliamentary committee currently examining the matter.
“Council will also be speaking at the North Brighton Residents Action Group’s meeting to help residents understand what is proposed, their rights and what they need to do to have their voices heard,” Cr del Porto said.
“With over 35,000 Victorians currently on the waiting list for public housing it is very important that the Government get this development right.
“I encourage all impacted residents to attend the information session so that they can ensure that their voices are heard.”
Details: Wednesday 13 September 2017
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30 pm
Where: Elsternwick Sports Club, 170 Glenhuntly Rd, Brighton