Planning application at 538 Whitehorse Road Surrey Hills VIC 3127
Feb. 3, 2017, 11:31 a.m.
This is a ridiculous application as there is already a existing large bottle shop right across the road from the site of this applicant on the corner of Union Road and Whitehorse Road. So it will fail commercially. There are already too many bottle shops in this area with Coles LiquorLand opening soon in Union Road close by the large existing one on the corner of Union and Canterbury Road!! So I am totally against this application for the sale and consumption of liquor (bottle shop) 538 Whitehorse Road Surrey Hills VIC 3127.
Thanks for your feedback. I will forward your concerns onto the officer assessing the application.
While I agree with you that the area does not need another bottle shop, the questions of need, competition or financial viability are not factors that can be used to guide Council in assessing an application. As strange as this may sound, there is a long list of Tribunal decisions that state that Council must assess every application on its merits despite the existence of other similar uses nearby.
Also Council is unable to choose which application it receives. Council is obligated under the Planning and Environment Act to accept every application it receives and assess it in accordance with any State and Local policies that may apply and make a decision. Any party aggrieved by Council's decision (objector or applicant) can appeal to VCAT should they wish to. My advice at this stage in the process is for you to lodge an objection to the application and participate in the decision making process.
Jane Addis Councillor - Maling Ward
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