Council welcomes VCAT knockback of Kealba overdevelopment

Brimbank Council has expressed satisfaction with a VCAT ruling rejecting a development plan for more than 200 townhouses on the former Kealba Secondary College site.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said Council was happy that VCAT had supported Council’s position on the application.

“Council found a number of issues with the proposed development plan when it was lodged last year with Council, and had asked the applicant to resolve them.

“Council’s overarching concern was that the intense townhouse development proposed was an overdevelopment of the 27 Driscolls Road site, which would result in a number of amenity issues for the community who lived near the Kealba site.

“We had clearly advised all parties that Council would refuse approval of the development plan as it was a massive overdevelopment of the site, and there were a number of issues that needed to be resolved.

“It was extremely disappointing that instead of working with Council to resolve the potential issues, the developer chose instead to have the matter heard at VCAT.

“Council is pleased that VCAT has rejected the proposed overdevelopment.

“This decision is a win for Council, and for the people of Kealba, as it protects the area from the proposed overdevelopment,” Cr Congreve said.

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