Monday, March 5, 2018
Council has released a draft Structure Plan for the residential area near the new Southland Station that retains existing three storey height controls but works to minimise the impact of development on the precinct.
Mayor Cr Laurence Evans thanked the residents of the area for their contributions in helping to realise the draft structure plan.
“Structure Plans are a tool used to help ensure that development occurs in a way that responds to the specific characteristics of the location and in-line with community expectations,” Cr Evans.
“In their best form these plans encompass feedback and insights from the community. On behalf of Council I would like to extend my thanks to all the community members who contributed their ideas to the development of the draft Southland and Pennydale Structure Plan.”
Locally known as Pennydale, the area considered by the structure plan is located in Cheltenham and is bounded by Bay Road to the north, Park Road to the south and Jack Road and the Frankston Railway line to the west and east respectively.
Cr Evans said that a key element of community feedback was a desire to retain as much of the existing neighbourhood character as possible.
“Through the first two rounds of feedback Council heard that the existing low-rise nature of the area is highly valued by the community,” Cr Evans said.
“In response to this, it is proposed that apartment developments will be directed to main roads and areas near the Southland and Cheltenham train stations.”
“It is proposed that the remaining areas will be dedicated to townhouse style developments with setbacks applying to the third storey.”
“These setbacks mean that third storeys will be able to be achieved with only limited visual impact from the street, resulting in a two-storey character being retained.”
Traffic and transport were also key issues for the community.
“Residents were particularly concerned about the impacts that increased population density would have on the area,” Cr Evans said.
“Through the draft Structure Plan, Council is proposing the introduction of traffic lights at key intersections to enable easier movement in and out of the suburb while improving walking and cycling links through the area.”
Council has also proposed plans for the area around Tulip Grove near the Southland Station should Public Transport Victoria move ahead with plans to create a pedestrian link from the new station into Tulip Grove.
“Although Council maintains its opposition to pedestrian access from Southland Station to Tulip Grove, the draft structure plan includes measures to ensure pedestrian safety should Public Transport Victoria decide to facilitate access.
Consultation for the draft Structure Plan is now open at www.bayside.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay.