122-138 Tower Road, Portarlington, VIC

Use and Development of a Resort including Residential Hotel (160 rooms) and Associated Facilities (including Day Spa, Restaurant, Health and Wellness Centre, Gym, 17 Villa's and associated car parking - 245 spaces)

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 6 months ago. The date it was received by them was not recorded.

(Source: City of Greater Geelong, reference 1/2020)

20 Comments

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  1. Celia Adams commented

    This development is inappropriate for Portarlington for a number of reasons;
    • It will create an imposing and therefore aesthetically unwanted visual impact on a large viewing area of the town and beyond,
    • It will potentially impact on and contaminate the existing ecosystem of the land and it's surrounds,
    • It will not adequately cater for the local community population who might not be able to afford to access the "luxury" aspects of the resort,
    • It will facilitate an influx of tourists to the town during peak seasons, for which there is inadequate infrastructure.

  2. Hazel Ingram commented

    I support this application and the development of the Resort on Tower Road. With careful planning and ensuring it takes care of environmental sustainability in its build and construction I think it will be a valuable asset to the town. Portarlington is growing as a tourist town, with the Ferry now firmly part of our future and increasing numbers of visitors a resort such as this will give employment while being constructed and then in running and managing it as a resort. I know there will be people who will object as there is a hardcore of objectors to all new builds or developments however we cannort let our town stagnate. With sensitive planning this could be a very positive initiative for the town.
    Traffic along Tower Road and Sproat Street, will need to be considered in the access and egress to the resort.\
    Portarlington has a number of "big" events in the annual calendar, such as the Mussel Festival. and the Celtic Festival, Easter and Christmas and there is not enough accommodation available currently.

  3. Portarlington Residents commented

    Portarlington "Where the Great Big Ugly Eyesore meets the Sea" What an embarrassment, the developers obviously have no concept of sympathetic development or respect for the local residents and community. Given the Bellarine has been declared a Distinctive Area and Landscape, the developers are obviously in rush to push something through before it comes under scrutiny from the proposed Statement of Planning Policy. The residents of Portarlington won't stand for this and deserve better.

  4. Anne commented

    Does Portarlington really need this
    When we brought our little house at Portarlington it was because it was such a beautiful town that wasn't like all the other seaside locations.
    It was quiet and unspoiled by the modern buildings etc that are located else where
    Over the years we have seen more houses/townhouses being built and it is becoming like everywhere else.
    But to put a Day Spa, Restaurant, Health and Wellness Centre, Gym, 17 Villa's I really don't think we need this now or ever.

  5. Darryl Elvey commented

    Seven stories plus the basement, is too high.
    How can the Greater Geelong council consider another development when the main access road TOWER road remains completely blocked /closed at the intersection with the Portarlington / Queenscliff road. Tower road has been closed for over 2+ years now.
    Pigdon street is not an all weather road.
    Who pays for the upgrades? Where are all of the hundreds of concrete trucks starting at 5.45am, construction heavy vehicles going to go, for years whilst it's being built?
    Through the middle of The Rise Estate?
    Who is going to enforce where all the trucks will go? Council will just say that it is not a planning issue.

  6. Patricia Crotty commented

    Traffic Generation
    Based on the developer's own advisers (Traffix Group), the resort's likely Tower Rd traffic generation is assessed as "....the whole development is expected to generate up to 116 vehicle trips per peak hour and 821 vehicle trips per day. This traffic generation represents in the order of 1 vehicle movement every 31 seconds during each peak hour."
    (Traffic Engineering Assessment, Proposed Hotel/Resort Development 122-138 Tower Rd Portarlington Prepared for Contra Constructions, December 2019, page 26).

    Additionally, given the proposed development of 11 units opposite the Resort (122-138 Tower Rd), and the Olive Grove development, the impact of the proposed Resort represents a serious decrement in residential livability in the south west corner of Portarlington, for current and future residents.

  7. Roger Allen commented

    A definite NO.
    6 storeys higher than the top of Tower Road. NO.
    As previously stated one vehicle on Tower Road every 30 seconds. NO.
    Big development of housing coming at the olive groves at the corner of Tower Road and Portarlington/Geelong Road
    Does this mean traffic lights?
    Why is the junction of Tower Road and Queenscliff Road blocked off? Traffic Lights coming?
    They say Port residents will be able to use the pool. Will believe that when we see it.
    So NO NO NO.

  8. Jane Citizen commented

    If residents are compensated by receiving free pool access then we support this.

  9. Al commented

    I fully support the proposed development as it will greatly benefit the local business’s and community. The development will be aesthetically pleasing as it is buried into the slope of the hill and is on the farming side of the hill. The existing water supply tanks are more of an eyesore than what the new development will be. The development is a privately funded project, not a state funded project, so people need to understand that they will not get free use of the pool as some unreasonable people think. The only issue I have is with the last remaining dirt section of Tower Road, I hope the developer contributes towards its upgrade and asphalting.

  10. Lindsay Ellis commented

    I fully support this proposal as not only will it create employment for the North Bellarine it will provide much needed accommodation in the area. The proposed development is outside the current town boundary on land that is untenable for any agricultural activity.

  11. JOHN RAE commented

    This is not an objection but a letter of support for the planning application for 122-138 TOWER ROAD PORTARLINGTON, Permit number 1/2020.
    I fully support this proposal as it will it create employment for the North Bellarine and provide much needed accommodation. Our region will benefit from the growing visitor economy, provided quality accommodation is provided which this project offers. The boost to the size of the market will see existing businesses employing additional staff.
    This project will be stunning and attract visitors during winter.
    It will be another jewel in Portarlington.

  12. Lainey Rae commented

    This is a support document for the Wellness Centre, Tower Road Portarlington.
    I wish to support the plan, Portarlington is in desperate need of nice accommodation for the many visitors to our town.
    Short term and long term it would create jobs for our locals.
    Tower Road is the perfect area to build a wellness centre, it will bring visitors from around Australia.

  13. Phil Cameron commented

    This is not an objection but a letter of support for the planning application for 122-138 TOWER ROAD PORTARLINGTON, Permit number 1/2020. Portarlington will benefit from the employment created by this project. Our town has limited employment opportunities for working families and this project will go along way towards addressing this issue via increasing direct and indirect employment opportunities. The project will also bring additional income into the town with a significant proportion being from new tourism. The investment application being proposed is a great show of support for Portarlington and the North Bellarine and should be supported by being approved by Council.

  14. Portarlington Residents commented

    Looks like the developer is trying to drum up some community support by getting their mates to submit last minute submisdions. Development is nothing but a big white elephant that will benefit the few.

  15. Ian Whitehead commented

    Let's face it, everyone who moved to Portarlington for a quiet life has been made redundant by Council and State Government policy and has become subservient to the interests of the greedy. Despite having a moral obligation to the elderly and less mobile, the Council has chosen to ride roughshod over the interests of the same people who pay their wages in the form of exorbitant rates. The proposal is bloated, more in keeping with Gold Coast architectural extravagance than a simple coastal village. Importantly, the development proposal must, by law, promote walkable neighbourhoods and there is no way this abomination ever can. The increase in traffic will make Portarlington unliveable; the Council has totally ignored parking chaos and has no coherent policy to provide safe passage for pedestrians, therefore it is in no position to approve the proposal.

  16. Shirley Butler commented

    This is not an objection but a support for the planning application for 122-138 Tower Road Portarlington. I support this proposal it will bring more jobs to the area and it will enhance our growth.

  17. Shirley Butler commented

    This is not an objection but a support for the planning application for 122-138 Tower Road. I support this proposal it will bring more jobs to the area and enhance our growth.

  18. Phil Barnes commented

    This is not an objection but a support for the planning application for 122-138 Tower Road. I support this proposal it will bring more jobs to the area and enhance our growth.
    The immediate area is desperately in need of more accommodation and I believe that the development will be a boost for employment and local business.

  19. Margaret commented

    This is a letter of support for the Portarlington Resort, 122-138 Tower Road, Portarlington.
    Planned, strategic, development of the tourist facilities in the town should be welcomed. The town will benefit from the increase in the diversity of accommodation options this resort offers and the local jobs, both direct and indirect, that will be generated. Currently there is insufficient quality, short term accommodation for visitors to the town.

  20. Shirley Butler commented

    This is not an objection but a support for the planning application for 122-138 Tower Road. I support this proposal it will bring more jobs to the area and enhance our growth.

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