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Planning

Minister Calls In Newcombe Street

The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has “called in” a controversial multi storey residential and retail development planned for Newcombe Street, Portarlington.

The proposed five level development, which has drawn wide local opposition, was called in by the Minister in response to a request from a representative of the Portarlington Community Association.

In welcoming the Ministerial call in, Bellarine Duty MP Gayle Tierney said that many Portarlington locals had raised with her their concerns and objections.

Ms Tierney said that community opposition focussed on overdevelopment of the main street site that would significantly block bay views and detract from the historic character of the town.

“And as a local myself, I strongly share those concerns”, Ms Tierney added.  

Ms Tierney also acknowledged the work of Lisa Neville MP.

“Lisa has strongly opposed this development from outset and has made her concerns known very clear, both publicly and importantly to the Planning Minister”, Ms Tierney said. 

It is understood that having called in the proposed development, the Minister will now appoint an Advisory Committee to consider all submissions that have previously been made, conduct a hearing of the parties, before giving advice to the Minister for his determination.