Wyndham council has received an application to amend a planning permit involving expansion of the cricket training facility at 27B Apex Drive, Truganina.
The amendment – titled WYP12425/20.02 – involves the expansion of the cricket training facility, by increasing the staff numbers from three to six, increasing the patron numbers from five to 40 and increasing the hours of operation from Monday to Friday 2pm – 9pm and Saturday to Sunday – 11am to 9pm, to 9am to 11pm Monday to Sunday.
The council refused the original permit under delegation, as it was deemed inconsistent with the relevant policies and strategies pertaining primarily to the Truganina Employment Precinct Structure Plan (TEPSP).
However, the cricket centre’s operator appealed the decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), and in April the tribunal directed that a permit be issued subject to conditions.
A council planning committee will meet tonight at 7pm to consider a report into the decision.
VCAT’s decision will take precedence over the council’s, but the council can still issue a decision on the matter.
Tonight’s council agenda reads: “The proposal to expand the business is considered not to be generally in accordance with the policies and provisions of the Wyndham Planning Scheme, therefore the report recommends that the Planning Committee resolve to issue a Notice of Decision to Refuse to Grant an Amendment to WYP12425/20.02”.
The report recommends the council planning committee refuse the expansion of the cricket centre for the following reasons:
1. The proposed amendment does not comply with State Policy, Clause 13.07-1S Land Use Compatibility as the additional staff, patrons and increase in operating hours will compromise the ability of those existing industrial uses to function safely and effectively.
2. The proposed amendment does not comply with State Policy, Clause 17.03-1S Industrial Land Supply, Plan Melbourne 2017-2050, and the Melbourne Industrial Land Use Plan as the expansion to the cricket training centre will prejudice the availability of land in identified industrial areas for future industrial use.
3. The proposed amendment does not comply with State Policy, Clause 17.03-2S Sustainable Industry as the expansion of the cricket training centre will further contribute to inter-industry conflict and adversely affect industry viability.
4. The proposed amendment does not comply with the purpose of Clause 33.03 Industrial 3 Zone, as the expansion of the cricket training centre does not implement the SPPF and LPPF and is not a use that would support the operation of the surrounding industrial businesses.
5. The proposed amendment does not accord with Clause 3.1 Vision of the Truganina Employment Precinct Structure Plan (TEPSP) as allowing further expansion of an existing non-industrial facility erodes the intent and vision of the TEPSP.
6. An increase in patron and staff numbers could impact the amenity through the lack of available car parking spaces.
7. The proposed amendment does not comply with Clause 65 as expansion of the cricket training centre does not constitute orderly planning.