AFTER a Victorian Council and Tribunal hearing, the previous Horsham council decision for a dwelling planning permit has been upheld.
Council's decision has been upheld for the proposed medium density residential development at 56 Alexander Ave, Horsham.
The construction proposal of 35 dwellings was reduced to 25 in the VCAT decision.
"The decision confirms the importance of housing diversity and need to accommodate for a changing neighbourhood character in the urban areas of Horsham," Horsham Rural City Council manager for investment attraction and growth Fiona Gormann said.
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Councillor Les Power said it was good that everyone was now in agreement and the project could move forward for more housing in Horsham
"It's really good that we start building more housing in Horsham," he said.
"It's fantastic and it shows that people want to live in Horsham."
The tribunal found that the construction of 25 dwellings is an acceptable proposal on land within the General Residential Zone, where housing growth and housing diversity is expected, and the Horsham Planning Scheme encourages infill development.
The application for 35 (one-bedroom) dwellings was amended by Elmstone Investments Pty Ltd prior to hearing to 28 (four one-bedroom, 24 two-bedroom) dwellings and the tribunal has further reduced this to 25 (three one-bedroom and 22 two-bedroom) dwellings.
The tribunal member stated:
"I consider that the number of dwellings along the northern row needs to be reduced by two and the remaining two dwellings repositioned so that each is provided with direct access to the central driveway corridor, without the need for pedestrians to cross in front of adjoining dwellings."
This decision was noted in the September 2021 Investment Attraction and Growth Report during the Horsham Rural City Council meeting held on Monday, November 22.
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