Great news – Defenders of the South East Green Wedge were successful in the VCAT appeal against Frankston Council’s approval of the massive Place of Worship complex in Carrum Downs.
On 13th Feb over a two day hearing representatives of the DSEGW appealed Frankston Council’s decision to approve a massive 3,500 seat place of worship on the corner of Boundary and Frankston Dandenong Roads, Carrum Downs. This proposal included a $15M development with the applicants sparing no expense on their many experts and legal representations; It was a real David and Goliath encounter.
The Tribunal accepted the Defenders of the South East Green Wedge Coalitions argument that the development does not qualify as a Place of Worship and was therefore prohibited. Disappointingly, the Tribunal did not agree with arguments about the development not meeting the Planning Scheme Green Wedge protection measures. Nonetheless, a win is a win.
It will now be open to the applicants if they wish to challenge the VCAT decision in the Supreme Court. In the meantime, we celebrate.