A development application for a tennis court, shed and alterations for a Lorn property has been approved despite neighbours concerns.
The Lorn Street proposal sought approval for alterations and additions to the existing dwelling, demolition of an existing shed and the erection of a shed and tennis court.
Councillors heard two sides of the story with two objectors and one advocate sharing their views about the proposal at council’s meeting on Tuesday night.
Speaking on the matter, neighbour Linda Grenfell shared her feelings on the proposal’s recommendation for approval by council officers.
“I feel the concerns of myself, my neighbours and local community have been dealt with carelessly,” she said.
“I chose to buy my property because of what Lorn had to offer – its heritage, semi-rural outlook and village atmosphere
“This development is not just about how it’s component fit into the development and environmental classifications and guidelines.
“There are emotional issues on how this development is going to affect our properties and lifestyle which are not quantifiable.”
The proposal has received 12 objections from surrounding neighbours who held concerns for noise, lighting, heritage, property value, overshadowing, tree removal, and the scale of the development.
Peter Childs, representing the applicant, said the proponent Matt Sharpe hoped to maintain his family values having grown up in Lorn.
“Those family ties continue to this day. It’s Matt’s hope to foster those as his family grows,” Mr Childs said.
“Matt and his family have specially sought and purchased this particular property.
“One within the developed neighbourhood of Lorn yet large enough to accommodate and deliver on the dreams of a growing family.”
He added Mr Sharpe had gone above and beyond with fencing the property and addressing the concerns of the surrounding residents.
Council officers ticked it off for approval but placed 28 conditions on the proposal including lighting, earthworks, demolition, landscaping and stormwater drainage.
Independent councillor Philip Penfold supported the application but said he understood the concerns of the surrounding neighbours.
“We have here a lot of land that is zoned primary production … and the applicant has installed a perimetre fence,” he said.
“Look, it’s a change … and I appreciate they have concerns
“I think the applicant has his heart in the right place.
“I am confident they will do the right thing, and this is a good outcome for that lot.”
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