1146 Frankston Flinders Road, Somerville, VIC

The development of four (4) dwellings, altering access to a road zone category 1 and associated works generally in accordance with the submitted plans

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 20 days ago. The date it was received by them was not recorded.

(Source: Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, reference P18/0398)

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  1. Thomas Lowrey wrote to local councillor Julie Edge

    This house is of significant historical and local value to the area of Somerville.

    I feel the there has been a consistent and ongoing neglect of this property by owners to get to to a point they can demolish it for the land.

    This house should be preserved and the owners made to restore it to at least a state that would ensure its survival.

    If the this building is allowed to be lost then the shire and heritage victoria may as well lift and heritage protections on other buildings in the area.

    Delivered to local councillor Julie Edge. They are yet to respond.

  2. Elena Vitale commented

    This house has been in Somerville for a long time. It's blue gable roof and bright white wooden weatherboards have been a mainstay of the old style architecture. The front yard was full of flowers and fruit trees, that would be of interest to heritage fruit tree collectors. I remember the lady who lived here when I was very young and riding my bike to primary school. Many days she would stand at the front gate and watch to make sure we were all OK. It was always a lovely house, but if people are going to just buy these properties with no intention of preserving the local heritage, then we as residents will need to organise to stop this type of thing. Why is it getting knocked down and replaced with units? You're planning decisions are turning Somerville into just another suburb, and its losing the qualities that attracted people to it in the first place.

  3. Tanya Pascoe wrote to local councillor Bev Colomb

    This house is over 100 years old, why it is not heritage listed is beyond me and a case of gross neglect. Everyone who has grown up in Somerville during the past 100 years has loved this house, which is evident whenever the Somerville, Tyabb and District Heritage Society posts something about it on Facebook. There is always an out pouring of love and concern for it’s up keep and stories of parents and grandparents visiting and loving this house.
    To have this house demolished would be like demolishing the soul of the town. It should be heritage listed and restored, not removed and replaced by generic soulless units. There is already plenty of them around.

    Delivered to local councillor Bev Colomb. They are yet to respond.

  4. Tanya Pascoe commented

    This house is over 100 years old, why it is not heritage listed is beyond me and a case of gross neglect. Everyone who has grown up in Somerville during the past 100 years has loved this house, which is evident whenever the Somerville, Tyabb and District Heritage Society posts something about it on Facebook. There is always an out pouring of love and concern for it’s up keep and stories of parents and grandparents visiting and loving this house.
    To have this house demolished would be like demolishing the soul of the town. It should be heritage listed and restored, not removed and replaced by generic soulless units. There is already plenty of them around.

  5. Kate Cremen wrote to local councillor Rosie Clark

    I would like this planning proposal to be reconsidered. That dwelling is a part of local history and should be heritage protected. All locals see this place as an iconic building of the past and I hope you Reject it’s demolition.

    Please think of History before profit!

    Delivered to local councillor Rosie Clark. They are yet to respond.

  6. Maddie commented

    If you tear down this house you are tearing down Somerville history for no better reason than some extra units. We don't need them that badly. That house is beautiful.

  7. James Boland wrote to local councillor Antonella Celi

    Too much of this areas historically significant features have disappeared already for the sake financial gain. In the past as I understand it council sold off land that had been donated to it to be preserved for the people. A historical cannon was sold for scrap metal. Somervilles original Avenue of Honour disappeared. A stand has to be made on preserving this areas history. To let this significant piece of history be demolished would be morally wrong and Un Australian.

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    Antonella Celi local councillor for Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
    replied to James Boland

    Dear James,

    Thank you for your email it is noted and it will be referred internally to Officers and Councillors for their information. Please click on this link for more information about this application, which will not be decided on before 8 February 2019, and how to lodge and online planning objection with the internal Council planning system. Kind regards Cr Antonella
    https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Building-Planning/Planning/Advertised-Planning-Applications/P180398-1146-Frankston-Flinders-Road-Somerville

    Kindest regards
    Cr Antonella Celi
    Seawinds Ward

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    Sent: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:38:00 AM
    To: Councillor Antonella Celi
    Subject: Planning application at 1146 Frankston Flinders Road, Somerville, VIC

    Too much of this areas historically significant features have disappeared already for the sake financial gain. In the past as I understand it council sold off land that had been donated to it to be preserved for the people. A historical cannon was sold for scrap metal. Somervilles original Avenue of Honour disappeared. A stand has to be made on preserving this areas history. To let this significant piece of history be demolished would be morally wrong and Un Australian.

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    Planning Application for 1146 Frankston Flinders Road, Somerville, VIC

    Description: The development of four (4) dwellings, altering access to a road zone category 1 and associated works generally in accordance with the submitted plans

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  8. Amy Joseph commented

    I would like this planning proposal to be reconsidered. The house is a historical icon in the area and as a direct descendant of the Wells family (the first family that settled on the Mornington Peninsula) I would be extremely upset for another part of the areas history to be removed for another unit block. The cultural identity of Somerville is rapidly in decline due to the oversupply of units and townhouses.

  9. Elisha lavallin commented

    I’d hate for this to be knocked down such history!

  10. Louise McLean commented

    Do not agree to this development. Sad to see a beautiful old place removed.

  11. Gregory Nicholls commented

    Tearing down This house would be a travesty both for Somerville's History but Victoria & Australia's as a whole, That the house has been allowed to fall into the condition it is a blatant case of demolition by default . You only have to look at the other restored houses in Somerville to see that it is possible for New buildings to built side by side with old on the same block , to put 4 units on the site is just a money hungry grab.
    In Tyabb a lovely old house was saved & a new estate built around it. Why could this not happen here ???
    Must we the residents of Somerville Lose our History just so even more Units are built , We in Australia lag behind the rest of the developed world in saving our old buildings in the name of progress & Money.
    The owner should be made to restore the house & only be allowed to Build 2 Units at the back of the property

  12. Samuel Lowrey wrote to local councillor Julie Edge

    The Council Cannot allow this planing permit to go through. This house was originally built/owned by one of the pineeers of somerville and the surrouning area.

    Its over 100 years old and is just as important as, Belura house, Coolart and The Briars to Somerville. It should be saved as all costs so we don't lose the history.

    Delivered to local councillor Julie Edge. They are yet to respond.

  13. Shannon blaby commented

    Firstly i don't think that area in Somerville needs more units when just next door 30 something townhouses are going in. This house is over 100 years old and needs to be heritage listed and restored.There will be nothing left in Somerville as everything is being knocked down due to money and greed. This needs to be thought through. There will be many angry people from the Somerville community if this happens

  14. Maree Angelo commented

    Somerville is rapidly losing its history. This house is one of the last few standing remnants of Somerville's past and should be preserved. Sadly as it is not heritage listed it has been allowed to run into disrepair to ease and justify the way for its demolition.
    While I understand the need for development and the need for additional lower cost housing there is more suitable land that could be made available for development. The destruction of this historic home with the replacement being multiple units on a main road through the town will have the lasting effect of changing the image and feel of the town.
    The semi rural feel of the town will be replaced with an over developed and cramped first image instead of the semi rural feel that the Mornington Shire insists it is fighting for in the area.

  15. Susan Smith wrote to local councillor Julie Edge

    I agree with the above comments. Our town is in danger of becoming unit infested and we are slowly losing the essence of how the town used to be. We don’t even have a park area to enjoy flora and fauna with family and friends.

    Delivered to local councillor Julie Edge. They are yet to respond.

  16. Kelly Drake commented

    I have lived in Somerville for 25 years and have always loved the historic buildings and that country feel Somerville has.
    I understand the house on this property is very run down but the last thing Somerville needs are more units/townhouses.
    My children also attend wagtail cottage daycare at the neighbouring address. There is already a development in progress on one side of the daycare and is getting difficult to access the daycare.
    If this unnecessary development goes ahead, please consider the safety of the staff, parents and children of the daycare.
    But as I have mentioned above, it will be a disgrace to Somerville residents to see this development go ahead.
    I plan to have my children grow up in the lovely Somerville that I grew up in, but if these type of plans keep going ahead, it will be a over populated town full of units and townhouses!

  17. Kylie Emery commented

    This house has historical significance to Somerville. It shouldn't be knocked down, it needs to be restored.

  18. Karin Mullenger wrote to local councillor Julie Edge

    If houses like this one are torn down, with little thought for the history and memories they represent, what does that say for Somerville’s future identity as a town? Do we want to be identified as a ‘cookie cutter’ suburb full of boring multi developments? Certainly doesn’t match our community spirit.

    Delivered to local councillor Julie Edge. They are yet to respond.

  19. Steve Roadnight commented

    Once its gone, anothe piece of history is gone just so a profesional developer can make more money. The developer does not care, they live elsewhere. let him tear down the house nextdoor to where they live and put units there.... like hell they would.

  20. Jessica Staveley commented

    This house is such a beautiful and historic building,how can you even think about letting it be demolished to build more units. One day when we are sitting here surrounded by nothing but generic box shaped buildings we will regret allowing these old buildings to be flattened without a second thought.
    There are more important things than financial gain.

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