Wednesday, October 10, 2012

maccas gets green light in tecoma

I was bitterly disappointed to hear that VCAT had approved McDonalds for Tecoma. Of all the issues I have ever dealt with in the Lyster Ward in my 7 years, this was the one that had more interest and concern above all others.

Community members have consistently raised this issue with me, I know as they learn the news of the VCAT decision they will feel a deep sense of loss, be angry and frustrated by the process. I think it is a disastrous outcome for Tecoma, particularly for the nearby primary school and those who live close to the site.

We won round 1, we’ve lost round 2, but let's not let them win round 3.

I’ve read the decision made by the Tribunal, it seems that all of the issues raised by council and community have gone unheeded in the final outcome for the site.

The tribunal said (in para 36) “We are satisfied that this proposal is generally consistent with the entirety of the State and local planning policy framework. We find that it complies with the following specific policy directions:
- The development before us is a modest sized convenience restaurant located in a Business 1 Zone and within an established activity centre.
- It is to be located within the ‘urban corridor’ between Ferntree Gully and Belgrave identified in the policy framework rather than the rural areas.
- It will contribute to the range of services available within an established activity centre. It will also contribute to the consolidation of established centres. It will provide convenience services to both local residents and visitors to the area.
-  It would not contribute to ribbon development along major highways, or propose a standalone restaurant within an area of scenic beauty.
- It will enable some synergies to arise with other businesses in Tecoma (and the wider region) that would be to their mutual benefit, hence supporting economic outcomes identified in clause 17.
- It would provide employment opportunities for local people, particularly young people.
It would provide a new building of modern contemporary design.”

The tribunal went on to say (para 198) “We are satisfied that many of the problems raised in submissions are not so significant that they cannot be managed through permit conditions and final design solutions. We are satisfied that Burwood Highway will operate satisfactorily. The car park, loading bay and pedestrian access will be designed to be acceptable. The concerns that are relevant to development (as distinct from use) are not fatal to this proposal. In fact this development has only two sensitive residential interfaces and any possible adverse impacts can be minimised through landscaping, acoustic fencing and limits on signage and illumination.”

I haven’t had time to go through the permit conditions, but will update you as soon as I can.

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At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Seamus said...

This is ridiculously inappropriate for the area. It TOTALLY will mean a (so-called) "restaurant within an area of scenic beauty". That view is going to be decimated - it should be celebrated! DVDs are going the way of the dinosaur so put a park there so people can sit and enjoy that wonderful view. Looking forward to MORE traffic congestion, litter and midnight screechies - NOT.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Leadbeaterspossum said...

Another appalling decision by VCAT! I really feel for all those community members who have fought so hard to stop this development. Tecoma will never be the same again if this allowed to be built.


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