Published on 06 December 2021
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council welcomes the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s (VCAT) decision to refuse to grant a permit to AA Holdings Pty Ltd to build a McDonalds outlet at the BP service station in Safety Beach.
A planning application lodged in November 2019 for 1 Marine Drive and 5 Nepean Highway Safety Beach, requested the use and development of the land for a service station and convenience restaurant, removal of vegetation, creating and altering access to a road and constructing signs and associated works.
The application was refused by Council in July 2020 and a 7-day VCAT hearing occurred earlier this year, with the final result announced late last week, upholding Council’s decision.
Quotes attributed to Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh
“This decision is excellent news for our Safety Beach residents and local businesses. We must strike the right balance with new developments, ensuring we retain amenity and local character while also enabling considered and appropriate development.”
Quotes attributed to Councillor Antonella Celi
“This is a win for our community! The VCAT decision emphasises the importance of the issue for those residents who have fought long and hard against this proposal.”
Quotes attributed to Councillor Kerri McCafferty
“I’d like to thank the community for their ongoing commitment to ensure this proposal does not go ahead as it is clearly not in keeping with our beautiful seaside town.”
Quotes attributed to Councillor Debra Mar
“I am very pleased VCAT has upheld Council’s decision. This is the right decision for our community and for our small businesses in Dromana and Safety Beach.”