Project Update: Endeavour Cove Comprehensive Development Zone
Published on 16 September 2022
The Victorian Planning Minister, the Hon Lizzie Blandthorn MP has informed Kingston Council that she will not be introducing interim controls to protect the Endeavour Cove area.
Council is deeply disappointed that the future of a proposed 10-storey development at The Cove in Patterson Lakes will now rest in the hands of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), with a hearing now underway.
Council opposes the proposed development and had previously called on the Victorian Government to urgently ‘call in’ the application. Kingston had also called for interim controls to be introduced to protect the area while a lengthy process is underway to introduce permanent changes.
Council has been calling on the Victorian Minister for Planning for months to urgently intervene on planning matters in Endeavour Cove.
However, Kingston Council has now been informed that the Minister would not 'call in' the decision nor would interim controls be introduced.
Council took swift action to prepare the Planning Scheme Amendment and consult our community following our review of the report by the Victorian Ombudsman tabled in Parliament in October 2021. But we now face the very real risk of this development being approved in the absence of interim controls to protect the community."
Kingston Council had lodged a request in February with the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning to start a process to introduce tighter permanent planning controls (C205) in the Endeavour Cove area. Permission has only recently been granted to begin this process and a 4-week consultation period is now underway.
In February, we had requested the Minister introduce interim controls to ensure a proper planning process is followed in the meantime.
Without a 'call in' or interim controls, VCAT will now decide whether to approve a planning application at Endeavour Cove in Patterson Lakes for a 10-storey building and a reduction in the number of parking spaces required for the proposed development at 64 Pier One Drive.
There are significant inconsistencies between the building application and Council’s intended Planning Scheme Amendment for the Endeavour Cove precinct.
Without the interim controls in place, this leaves us facing an expensive, time consuming and frustrating VCAT hearing, which is clearly not in the best interests of the community.