A group of landholders in Avenel and Mangalore say an unfair and little-known planning policy is preventing them from selling or developing their properties.CATHY WALKER December 19, 2012 4:10am
Lance Marke (left) and Bluey Shelton are fighting a Strathbogie Shire planning scheme that prevents them selling part of their farms.
Spokesman Lance Marke, who farms sheep, cattle and crops at Avenel, is dismayed at the power the owners of Mangalore Airport now have over planning applications on land adjoining and around the airport under the Mangalore Airport Environs Overlay.
Under the Planning Act the privately owned airport is a referral authority and has recently objected successfully to the development of a typical 22
About the same time, another house was approved in much closer proximity to an airport runway.
Add to that a ‘‘bizarre’’ Strathbogie Shire Council local law for this area requiring a minimum 100
Mr Marke stressed the local farmers and landholders were not against the airport or its further development ‘‘so long as matters are fair and reasonable and everyone’s interest is taken into account before planning decisions are made’’.
The airport owners are on record as saying that as many as 200 international pilots will be training out of the airport by late 2013, and Mangalore has been mooted as a major freight hub to ease the load on Melbourne Airport.
Recently Mr Marke took his concerns, along with a community petition with 42 signatures, to a three-day Planning Panels Victoria hearing in Nagambie to object to the Strathbogie Shire Planning Scheme, Amendment C50.
He submitted that when he bought his three-title, 191
‘‘After a two-year battle with the shire and the Mangalore Airport we feel we are the victims of a very unfair planning scheme,’’ he told the hearing.
‘‘We have been forced to reduce our lot numbers from three to two lots, which has ruined our farm succession options and reduced our property values. My family has been gutted.’’
The community petition called on the panel to review the ‘‘extraordinarily oversized’’ area of the airport overlay and make it a more reasonable and practical size, and to review the justification for such a large farming lot size on the town boundary.
His group says the lot sizes should be gradually increased as they move further away from Avenel, and cite the social and economic benefits of growth and development on the town fringe, where there are already some lifestyle blocks of 2-3
A spokesman for Planning Panels Victoria said last week the panel has 28 days to make its recommendation.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon at the fish and chip shop.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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