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Burnham Beeches application sent to Planning Minister

Published on 06 June 2018


Council is awaiting the decision of Planning Minister Richard Wynne on the Burnham Beeches application in Sherbrooke.

Council officers recently sent the application to the Minister’s office for his review, following a Council meeting on 27 March where Planning Scheme Amendment C142 and an associated permit were adopted.

Should the Planning Minister approve the amendment as it stands, the applicant would then have to prove to Council’s satisfaction that the impact on trees near the entrance of the site would be minimised via the intersection plans before any works could begin. 

Yarra Ranges Deputy Mayor, Tony Stevenson, said that Council would work with the applicant to minimise any impact on trees and vegetation on Sherbrooke Road.

“The intersection is a challenging issue, where environment and landscape values need to be weighed against the economic, cultural, heritage and tourism potential the site offers,” Cr Stevenson said.

“The independent panel recommended a review of the intersection design, and the applicant will have to prove to us that they’ve investigated the best ways to minimise any tree removal before the project could begin.”

Cr Stevenson said the applicant had made significant changes to their application, to resolve concerns raised through the planning process.

“We adopted the Planning Scheme Amendment and permit knowing that the application now reflects not only the aspirations of the applicant, but also responds to issues raised by community members over the last two years,” Cr Stevenson said.

“The panel broadly found that issues regarding fire risk, traffic, parking, environment and amenity impacts were resolved through revised plans or could be regulated with appropriate permit conditions.

“The panel also made changes to Council’s preferred permit, such as further restricting hours of operation and adding tree protection and replacement requirements based on the changes to the proposal.

“This application has undergone some significant changes since April, 2016, and we believe the applicant has made a strong response to issues raised by the community.”

The development is expected to generate employment opportunities in construction, hospitality and tourism, and will be a major tourism attraction for the Dandenong Ranges.

For more information, to read the history of the application or to see the permit conditions in full, read the Council Agenda or visit the Amendment C142 page.