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Protecting residential amenity

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December 23, 2016

The Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson expressed alarm at the direction of the Victorian Government’s planning policy which will impose overdevelopment in Bayside suburbs. The Shadow Minister for Planning, David Davis MP, noted: Melbourne’s liveability is dependent on protecting the amenity and character of all suburbs. The Andrews Labor Government’s plan to force intense development on the eastern and southern suburbs will be a disaster for liveability. My advice to those in the south and the east is to take every opportunity to reject Daniel Andrews’ forced overdevelopment. Communities have not been consulted; the Plan Melbourne refresh is late and is clearly intended to act as a battering ram for unwanted forced development and densification. Daniel Andrews has no democratic consent from local communities to force densification. With the implementation of Neighbourhood Residential Zones under the former Coalition Government, over 80% of Bayside properties had the highest level of urban amenity protection. Under the Neighbourhood Residential Zones building development was restricted to not more than 2 storeys and not more than 2 dwellings per block. Any removal of Neighbourhood Residential Zones will seriously jeopardise the highly valued leafy coastal amenity of the Sandringham electorate in Hampton, Highett, Black Rock, Beaumaris, Sandringham, Cheltenham and Mentone.