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Okay given to depot permit

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January 11, 2017

Cr Dennis Patterson moved the motion to grant the permit, stressing the ‘‘lack of commercial property in Tatura’’ and feared the applicant ‘‘might move somewhere else’’.

Residents are unhappy about a decision by Greater Shepparton City Council to grant a permit for land on Cussen St, Tatura, for use as a contractors depot with associated signage.

Councillors recently voted to grant a planning permit for the use and development of the land subject to a list of conditions.

The land is identified as being within an industrial investigation area.

Seven objections to the proposal had been lodged relating to amenity impacts associated with its use such as noise and dust emissions and arguing the use was incompatible with the nearby residential area.

Following last month’s council meeting, concerned landowner Douglas Costello said he was unhappy about the decision and echoed that residents had been worried about dust, noise and the smell resulting from the site.

‘‘(They) should look at establishing an industrial area outside of the town.’’

‘‘Make no mistake we’re not anti-industry and business. We don’t see it as a good location.’’

Cr Dennis Patterson moved the motion to grant the permit, stressing the ‘‘lack of commercial property in Tatura’’ and feared the applicant ‘‘might move somewhere else’’.

Cr Bruce Giovanetti said the planning conditions applied were more than adequate and ‘‘should appease the objectors significantly’’.

Cr Fern Summer spoke against the motion arguing the site was in an investigation area and she agreed with some of the objectors.

‘‘Basically we’re going against our own policy.

‘‘I’m trying to get this council to have some consistency in their approach.’’

Cr Chris Hazelman highlighted ‘‘a lack of industrial supplied land in Tatura’’, that the site had been identified for future industrial land, and remained hopeful conditions applied would satisfy objectors.

Cr Les Oroszvary spoke against the motion, arguing the development had the potential to upset an idyllic lifestyle and said the objections issued were not unreasonable concerns.

‘‘Amenity is a subjective thing,’’ he said.

‘‘I would suggest none of the existing uses are quite in the same vein as what the application is proposing.’’

Summing up, Cr Patterson stressed ‘‘if a business can’t set up in a place like that, god knows where we’re going.

‘‘If it gets to a stage where (we) stop people setting up jobs in the town, I really would struggle for where we would have a future.’’

The motion was carried, with councillors Summer and Oroszvary voting against the proposal.

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