Mansfield Autism Statewide Services One Step Closer to Planning Permission for New Development

Friday, 18 September, 2020 - 12:00

Mansfield Shire Council this week resolved to issue a notice of decision to grant a planning permit for Mansfield Autism Statewide Services’ (MASS) sub-division and development on its Ogilvies Road site as an education, training, accommodation, camping and recreation facility.

Mansfield Shire CEO, Kaylene Conrick said this is the first step in the process and if there are no applications to VCAT regarding the proposal, in 28 days MASS will be granted a planning permit to develop the site over the next 10 years.

“This would then facilitate the subdivision of the land for student and staff accommodation and recreation facilities and for the main education centre comprising an autism specific learning facility. The plans include an animal nursery / therapy area and two school buildings,” Ms Conrick said.

“Car parking and roadworks are also required for the development.”

The application was advertised on 14 May and two objections were received. Council heard and considered concerns raised by the objectors before making the decision on Tuesday.

One of these concerns was about the lack of information provided in the site plan that accompanied the application. This was addressed through the first condition Council imposed on the development, which is to provide a detailed site plan demonstrating all features, the distance from boundaries and elevations of the development.

“It is important to note however that the placement of the buildings must not be altered from the site plan that was presented to Council,” Ms Conrick said.    

Questions about potential bushfire risk and sewage disposal were considered by the relevant referral agencies; CFA and Goulburn Murray Water (GMW). Both recommended conditions be placed on the development to address concerns.

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Last Updated: Friday, 18 September, 2020 - 12:08