Constituency question: Amendment C313
Mr HIBBINS: My constituency question is for the Minister for Planning, and I ask: will the minister respect our community’s wishes on amendment C313ston, which would allow for the granting of a rejected planning application at 196–206 High Street, Windsor. The community have had their say. They are opposed to this development because of its excessive height and bulk, because it is overlooking and because it is out of character for the area.
The local council have had their say. They have stated at VCAT that they would have refused to grant a planning permit. VCAT upheld that rejection. Residents played by the rules. They went through the right processes. Now through this benignly named development facilitation program power is going to be given to the planning minister to approve this development, all under the guise of COVID recovery. This is an attempt to push through a development that has been rejected by the community, and for the minister to ride roughshod over that would be appalling. This is Matthew Guyesque. This is Wynne, Guy, Madden. Whoever the planning minister is, they continue to override our local planning laws. It is just not good enough.