Opposition to aged care centre


OBJECTIONS are being lodged and a petition signed opposing a two-storey 180-bedroom aged care centre near the corner of Bird Rock Avenue and the Esplanade, Mt Martha.

The proposal by the Lendlease adjoins the company’s existing Martha’s Point and Koorootang retirement villages.

Mornington Peninsula Shire has been asked to approve subdivision of 594 and 602 the Esplanade to create a lot at the rear for the aged care centre.

Access to the centre would be from the Esplanade and houses in Bird Rock Avenue would back onto the proposed development.

Planning consultants hired by objectors say the “constraints of the proposed site … will result in detrimental amenity impacts to our clients and the wider Mt Martha community”.

Opponents to the Lendlease plan are objecting to the size of the aged care centre and traffic that it will generate.

“The commercial building is out of character with the development pattern of the area, and no meaningful transition is provided between existing residential lots used for ‘dwelling ‘and the ‘aged care facility’,” the consultant said.

They say the double-storey building will be visible from backyards and that traffic will increase “in peak visitor periods”.

“Naturally, we are concerned that the vegetation [included in landscape plans] may take years to reach the respective height at maturity and seek [to] clarify with respect to the planting (height) details. particularly as the area will be stripped of all the large mature tress before construction.”

Details of the subdivision and development applications are available on Mornington Peninsula Shire’s website. 

First published in the Mornington News – 20 March 2018


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