This is one of those red tape madness stories that is bound to have more to say before it is done…
Well folks, the decision was handed down Sept 6th 2012 on 20-24 Hepburn Road and it’s not good I’m afraid.
A permit has been granted and the full decision is attached. P3568 2011 Khoo & Ors v Manningham CC (kp 040912)
We are finding it difficult to offer any sensible reflection on how VCAT arrived at this decision. But despite now holding a planning permit, this building still cannot receive a building permit as currently designed. There will still need to be significant amendments to the plans.
As we read the decision we still can’t comprehend why it focuses so much on minuscule matters and given scant or no attention to what we felt were much more important matters. We can’t understand how readily VCAT were willing to accept everything put by Council and nothing put by us. But can we say this, we could not have mounted a better case, argued more strongly nor found any more holes, and it’s bitterly disappointing that nothing about the decision reflects that.
So it just goes to highlight how broke the system is and how crucial the vote by Councillors is. In a few months there will be an election and you’ll have a say in who represents us at Council. Be sure you make your vote count.