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Removal of Lancefield plan overlay declined

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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

A request to the Minister for Planning to remove the Lancefield Development Plan Overlay, which would have simplified development requirements for affected landowners, has been declined.

The request to remove the Development Plan Overlay Schedule 24, DPO24, from the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme was submitted in April following a resolution by council.

In reviewing the application, Planning Minister Sonya Kilkenny acknowledged that DPO24 was introduced to provide certainty and guidance for landowners, and coordination and conformity of residential development in the three development areas of Lancefield.

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In addition, its introduction occurred via a statutory process that included public exhibition; that provided an opportunity for interested parties to make submissions and to have their views considered by an independent planning panel.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council director of planning and environment Rebecca Stockfeld said council was disappointed with the outcome.

“We have worked closely with impacted residents and listened to their concerns and frustrations with the current planning overlay,” she said.

“Council will continue to work with the affected landowners on future options for development in the area.”

In declining the request, Ms Kilkenny explained the removal of DPO24 could give rise to potential risks associated with land being developed in an uncoordinated manner and create further difficulties for residential development to take place.

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