MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire Councillors have rejected a second planning permit by Ryman Healthcare for a retirement development in Kunyung Road, Mount Eliza.
The company’s first attempt to build on the former Moondah Estate was knocked back by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal last July.
At Last Tuesday planning services committee meeting, council again rejected the application on the basis it was an “overdevelopment” and the “design and scale” were inappropriate.
The council noted 12 other grounds in refusing the permit, including that the proposal did not adequately conserve and enhance the significance of the “heritage place”, and the car parking design did not meet standards or provide enough spaces.
Shire CEO John Baker and the Mayor Cr Anthony March will now speak to the planning minister to emphasise the importance to the green wedge of any ministerial decision. The council will also ask all local members of Parliament and state election candidates to support its request to have a VCAT hearing on the application called in and deferred until the C270 green wedge rezoning matter is finalised.
If the site is rezoned under the C270 amendment before the application is heard, the aged care development will not be allowed.