VCAT affirmed Council’s decision to refuse to amend a permit to allow a high flow diesel pump to be placed at 140 High Street, Mansfield opposite the Station Precinct.
Council and the community fought together against the amendment, which raised serious safety concerns for pedestrians and vehicles and would have seen a high flow diesel pump placed in close proximity to existing residential houses.
Mayor Cr Mark Holcombe said VCAT’s decision represented a win for Council and for the community.
“We’re listening and we care about the safety and amenity of our Shire. We are proud to have fought alongside our community on this matter and that we have been able to maintain safety with this win,” said Cr Holcombe.
Two key impacts on amenity were considered: noise and vapour/exhaust emissions. A 2.5m high acoustic barrier was included in the submission but VCAT determined that the barrier would be unlikely to be effective due to the size of the vehicles that would use the site.
The existing planning permit was extended until February 2021 by VCAT. This gives the permit holder until June 2022 to commence works on the site in accordance with the existing permit.