Acting Minister to Appoint Advisory Committee on John Fawkner Hospital Expansion

An independent advisory committee will be appointed to consider an application to expand the John Fawkner Private Hospital.

Acting Minister for Planning, Robin Scott, today called in VCAT proceedings on the application and intends to seek the advice of an independent advisory committee.

The committee will consider the application to expand the hospital. It will then make a recommendation to the Minister, who will advise the Governor-in-Council.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Planning Robin Scott

The Andrews Labor Government supports development, but it must be done in a way that respects the liveability of Melbourne’s neighbourhoods.

An independent advisory committee is an open process that will allow the proposal’s impact on the community to be considered.

Background

  • Moreland Council received an application to expand the John Fawkner Private Hospital in 2012.
  • The council refused the permit and the applicant appealed to VCAT.
  • VCAT rejected the appeal on the grounds that restrictive covenants applying to parts of the land prevented the expansion.
  • In 2014, the previous planning Minister varied the covenants.
  • In November 2014, the applicant resubmitted its application to the council, which again rejected it.
  • The applicant again appealed the decision to VCAT, which is due to begin hearing the case on January 19.

 

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