No planning permit for Western Highway Service Centre

Published on 22 May 2019


Pyrenees Shire Council has decided not to grant a Planning Permit for a proposed Western Highway Service Centre.

Council’s Planning Team thoroughly assessed the proposal against the Pyrenees Planning Scheme and State Planning Policy.

Council received nearly 40 objections to the proposal from members of the community.

The application does not comply with several clauses in the Pyrenees Planning Scheme, including those covering the use of the farming zone, the protection of agricultural land and the design of rural areas.

The proposed building would not sit well within the open rural landscape; and the building’s proposed design is lacking in its consideration of the natural environment.

The application attempts to address planning scheme objectives and strategies by relying on the proposed Beaufort Bypass. The bypass has not been confirmed or incorporated into the planning scheme and cannot be considered with regards to this application.

Pyrenees Shire Council wants to see good development outcomes for the community.

The applicant can appeal Council’s decision at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).