Defending the Peninsula from illegal planning works

Published on 28 November 2018

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On Wednesday 14 November, the Frankston Magistrates court issued a total of $29,000 in penalties and $18,000 in costs against Tyabb landowners and their contractor for carrying out earthworks and clearing a significant area of native vegetation without Planning Permit approval.

In July 2017, Council’s Planning Compliance Officers commenced an investigation into allegations that unapproved works were being carried out at a property in the Tyabb area.  

The investigation identified a significant amount of native vegetation on the land had been cleared.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said Council works hard to investigate illegal building works to protect the amenity of our beautiful peninsula.  

“We view the destruction of native vegetation without planning approval as a serious offence.

“Landowners are encouraged to check with Council’s Planning Department, before they start any earthworks or remove any vegetation, to determine whether planning permission is required”.

The Shire will seek restoration of the vegetation and the rectification of the earthworks.

Council’s Planning Services Department can be contacted on 5950 1010 or a booking can be made with Planning Services Pre-Application Planner by visiting the Shire’s website at mornpen.vic.gov.au/planningadvice