42 – 44 Galvin Street, Bendigo - Demolition of Existing Buildings and Construction of a Four Storey Building Comprising 8 Dwellings
I supported the refusal of a permit for the demolition of existing buildings and the construction of a four storey building comprising of 8 dwellings at 42-44 Galvin Street, Bendigo. I shared the planning report's view that proposal did not satisfy the requirements of the Design and Development Overlay 5 with regard to height and setbacks. The proposed development also failed to comply with a number of ResCode Standards and objectives.
The design of the building proposed was contemporary and featured a mansard style roof form, cork cladding, black brick, render, breeze brick, timber battens, with aluminium framed doors and windows. The development would have a height of 13.5 metres to natural ground (site) level. With a mix of 1,2,3 bedroom apartments the development includes a 14 space car park, bin storage area, 11 space bicycle parking, staircase, lift and service area. Roof top would contain a terrace area.
The application was advertised by way of notice on the site and letters to adjoining and nearby owners and occupiers. As a result of this, 6 objections were received, with grounds of objection being:
the proposal was at odds with the City’s Heritage Policy as it was not consistent with the predominant scale and pattern of development in the precinct
So while the site is well located within Central Bendigo to take advantage of existing infrastructure, services and facilities, public open space, schools and transport, and planning policy supports higher density development close to activity centre locations; The General Residential Zone, Clause 22.11 and Clause 55 of the Planning Scheme require that new development respects the neighbourhood character of the area.
The site forms part of a heritage precinct and is situated in a prominent location. The scale and height of the proposal is not consistent with the surrounding development and it would have dominated the heritage precinct.
Lot 2 of Plan of Subdivision 723636 V – Emu Creek Rd, Strathfieldsaye – Approval of a Development Plan (Schedule 26); the Staged Subdivision of Land into not more than 119 Lots; Removal of Native Vegetation and Removal of Easement
I supported the approval of a Development Plan and Planning Permit to allow the staged subdivision of land into not more than 119 lots; removal of native vegetation and removal of easement subject to amendments.
The subject site contains a principal land parcel located at No. 29 Emu Creek Rd, Strathfieldsaye and is affected by existing easements (E-1) which are in favour of the Emu Valley Irrigation and Water Supply Trust. The site is irregular in shape and encompasses a total site of 24.11 hectares and located within an area designated for residential growth within Strathfieldsaye. Land use and development is largely for low-density residential purposes and forested land, which forms part of the subject site. It is located within close proximity of a number of local amenities in Strathfieldsaye, including the local shopping precinct as well as recreation reserves and the Strathfieldsaye and St Francis of the Fields Primary schools.
The permit applicant was directed to informally give notice of the Development Plan. This process is in accordance with the 2006 Greater Bendigo City Council resolution directing that informal notice of a Development Plan be given so that the community has the opportunity to make submission in support or otherwise of a Development Plan proposal.
A total of 8 submissions were received which raised the following issues/concerns:
The site is zoned appropriately and is within the City’s Urban Growth Boundary, with the result being there is no compelling reason as to why the site should not be developed as proposed, having regard to policy.
The provision of Open Space is an important one to consider with subdivision applications, this issue was also important to residents in the submissions received.
In response to resident submissions, the findings of the Draft Public Space Plan and the willingness of the proponent to work with the City Officers, a better, more immediate response to the open space needs of future residents will be provided in the initial stage of the subdivision.
The detail of the open space treatment will be subject to detailed design, however the proponent has prepared the concept included in the report as an illustration as to how the drainage reserve can be treated so as to have a dual purpose.
a better, more immediate response to the open space needs of future residents will be provided in the initial stage of the subdivision.
This has led to the reconfiguration of a number of lots, to include lots that will have better amenity by having direct frontage to this reserve.
The Development Plan was considered, subject to the amendments, as satisfactory, and the permit application represents an acceptable outcome, subject to conditions, having due regard to the requirements of the Planning Scheme.
Endorsement of the Draft Greater Bendigo Public Space Plan for Public Display
I was delighted to support the release of the Greater Bendigo Public Space Plan for a period of six weeks to help refine all the aspects of the strategy through a process of agency and community engagement and input.
The Public Space Plan is a comprehensive piece of work that demonstrates why living in our municipality is so great. I challenge anyone who has a look through the plan to not be impressed with just how much access to public open space we have in Greater Bendigo.
Granted that not all these spaces are high quality, or equipped with the latest infrastructure, however, it is a comprehensive assessment of public spaces. They are essential, influential and an enduring aspect of life in our municipality. This longer term view can strategically and effectively guide public space planning direction over many decades.
Increasing population, urbanisation and impacts from changing climate are responded to in this draft plan and it presents strategies that are responsive to community interests regarding public space that has emerged through engagement as well as findings from consultation in other projects.
Aiming to reflect a mix of aspiration and practicality, addressing the need for opportunities to deliver beneficial change within the short to medium term whilst working within a much broader and longer-term framework. There are numerous place-specific strategies with variety in their nature, scale, complexity and cost.
The plan is structured in 5 parts and Part 4 “precinct plans” are an excellent read. Community members will enjoy reviewing these as they hone into precincts close to home or heart.
In particular, our rural towns are captured well in the draft plan with recommendations for each town precinct, which draw on a range of sources including community plans.
Well done to the City’s Senior Strategic Planner, Mr Mark Stubbs for his work in preparing this draft, and to all the dedicated volunteers who gave their time in the community reference group up to this point and onwards.
our rural towns are captured well in the draft plan
Community Granting Policy Review
We were pleased to receive the report of a comprehensive review process that incorporated analysis of data from Council’s current grant programs, benchmarking of 33 different corporate, government and philanthropic grant programs, community input via survey (312 responses with good geographic spread across urban and rural communities), and by inviting targeted community sectors to provide input via various engagement methods.
The review has provided an opportunity to consider how council and community goals are best supported though community granting activities including an opportunity to consider how the principles of transparency, equity and sustainability can be best embedded into granting processes.
The review findings indicated that community granting activities are both important and valued by the Greater Bendigo community. The report also suggests changes to current policy and practice based on review findings and seeks Council endorsement of a new Community Granting Policy to incorporate the suggested changes pertaining to:
The next Council meeting is on Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 6pm at the Bendigo Town Hall, perhaps I might see you there? Or you can tune in via the live broadcast on Phoenix FM 106.7
Yvonne Wrigglesworth is a Councillor in the Eppalock Ward, City of Greater Bendigo Council.