A vocal opponent of a two-storey house in Port Campbell has called on the Corangamite Shire Council to protect the assets of the coastline.
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The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in November approved a planning permit at 1 Hennessy Street after next-door neighbour Marion Manifold appealed council’s initial decision to grant a permit.

Speaking on behalf of the Port Campbell Community Group, Dr Manifold said the council needed to learn to protect the assets which make the coastline valuable to the community and tourism. “Council’s and VCAT’s decision undermines community confidence and years of planning which created an overlay for low-scale development relative to the vegetation height that is, four metres high,” she said.

Dr Manifold said the house, facing Hennessy Street, would sit at 8.21 metres but due to the slope of the land would stand at over 10 metres facing the bay or approximately four to five metres higher than her own house.

“It is a house that impacts on the public realm. Its lounge room and two verandahs will overlook Beacon Steps and the walking track. The loss of amenities created by this is a travesty of the planning scheme.” Port Campbell resident Bill Kirby walks the Beacon Steps and walking track every day and said he didn’t expect the planning permit to be approved by VCAT.

“I think it means that the heights of buildings will just continue to creep up and up,” he said.

“It will be a massive intrusion. We don’t need to build better and bigger buildings, we need to improve the amenity of the town.”

Corangamite Shire’s planning and building services manager Ray McInerney said council’s position is that the permit has been issued by VCAT, which supported council’s original decision and had listened to all parties.

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