157 Glenfern Road, Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156

Proposal Caravan Park

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website almost 2 years ago. It was received by them 4 days earlier.

(Source: Knox City Council, reference PREAPP/2018/4)

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  1. Rachael Fullam commented

    This would be a totally inappropriate use of this land. My understanding is that the sub-division of this green wedge land was only approved for a single dwelling on each plot, with limitations to the building envelope.

    A caravan park would ruin the natural beauty of the site and potentially pose a risk to the flora and fauna.

  2. Gareth McDowell commented

    Anything that can offer cheap accommodation to the countless homeless is a good thing however I can't see people wanting to take a 'holiday" here.

  3. Matt clark wrote to local councillor Jackson Taylor

    This is a green wedge and only got sub divided with the condition of one dwelling on the property the last thing I want to be looking down onto is a bunch off caravans from my house if this goes through then be prepared to a lot of unit sub devisions in the hills cause if the council says yes to this then I will want to put 5 units on my 3000 sq mtr block

    Delivered to local councillor Jackson Taylor. They are yet to respond.

  4. Amy commented

    A caravan park is inappropriate for a green wedge zone and an environmentally sensitive area in a bush fire risk zone. just doesn't suit the area at all. As someone with a lot of experience caravaning, it wouldn't even suit the site. The wind tunnels and the slope aren't suitable for caravans.

    What's even worse is that it would be busiest in summer when it's bush fire season, and the last thing we need is Glenfern Rd (one of the main access routes off the mountain) clogged up if there is a bush fire so locals cannot leave. Worse still, non-locals who are camping will be potentially less careful with fire than locals are in such a dangerous area. This could potentially increase the bush fire risk for the entire mountain putting lives and property at risk.

  5. Daina commented

    The stipulation that was initially given has now changed. Single dwellings and land that was not to be sub divided. Why have those goal posts been changed? I would be furious if I bought and built on an adjacent property adhering to the council guidelines, only to have council come in next door and change the rules to suit themselves.

  6. Nicole wrote to local councillor Jake Keorg

    This is outrageous!!! I have a property that backs on to this land. We as local residents all opposed the sale when this land was subdivided with the support of Knox Council. The only way that this went through was a fight through VCAT, which stipulated a land donation to Knox council, that only one dwelling be built on the land (and that had to be built in a section of the property that was up close to Glenfern Road), and that there was no way the property could be further sub-divided.
    Now what is Knox council doing?
    This is the wrong place for a caravan park... Upsetting the beautiful green-belt, the local flora and fauna, not to mention the upset to the traffic conditions in the area, the increased noise, the risk for fire, the lay of the land which is totally unsuitable for caravans and the pollution of the beautiful creek.
    Knox council has recently closed a caravan park in their shire, that was in a suitable location, just to help out the greedy developers. This it unacceptable.

    Delivered to local councillor Jake Keorg. They are yet to respond.

  7. valerie smith commented

    I live in the service road that would be the main access to the property and think it would be chaotic with caravans entering a small service rd, This land was sold as having one dwelling it is very steep and full of rock very unsuitable for a caravan park. It is in a fire prone area as well and could become a hazard for local residents.

  8. Tony Hounslow wrote to local councillor Jackson Taylor

    The Knox Council will do great damage to its credibility if the Lot 1 site, which is approved for a single domestic dwelling within a defined area, is then given over riding approval for a caravan park.
    The lengthy negotiations with Council and the difficulties in satisfying the Council's requirements effecting the original five lot development, plus the objections raised by local residents at that time, should logically rule out a caravan park with its many more residents and vehicles.
    It just doesn't stack up that the Council should contemplate altering what is a Knox Council approved development that sits in far greater harmony with the surrounding residential area and the environment than a caravan park ever will.

    Delivered to local councillor Jackson Taylor. They are yet to respond.

  9. Alan Fleming commented

    FTG is not a holiday location like a beachfront or a Daylesford. It will destroy the character of the area and lower land values in FTG. Totally unacceptable.

  10. Dianne Hounslow wrote to local councillor Jake Keorg

    I wish to draw attention to the access to 157 Glenfern Road. An entry to a caravan park here is most unsafe and is highly likely to increase road accidents. It is on a hill, not far from a busy controlled intersection.

    Coming down the hill, cars have just left an 80 km/h speed zone. Turning into the service road a car and caravan would need to make a 180 degree turn.
    Coming up the hill, it is possible to miss the entry to the service road and overshoot.
    Glenfern Road / Lysterfield Road / Napoleon Road is a very busy intersection and Caravan Park entry so close will cause confusion.

    The turn into the service road is regularly in need of maintenance after heavy rain which sends stones across the bitumen. The service road is not wide enough for a thoroughfare of cars and caravans.
    The other entry to the property is via Bellair Avenue, a quiet residential street and environs.

    Delivered to local councillor Jake Keorg. They are yet to respond.

  11. Jasper Borutts commented

    Clearly this application is a genuine joke right? How could such an application be accepted by the Knox Council?
    First of all this land is restricted to a single domestic dwelling within a defined area. The land is steep with very limited vehicle access, let alone safe access. The land does not suit a 'caravan park' environment and will most importantly destroy the unique low density lifestyle of all neighbouring homes near and far.
    Please Knox Council, do not destroy the foothills of the Dandenongs! A caraven park in this area is a toxic idea!

  12. Milton Purcell commented

    Can Someone please advise me that this is an early April Fools Joke ? Has anyone associated with this application looked at the site ? One would need to to dig up half the hill to accomodate this ridiculous intent. I am not one for being up in arms lighlty.. but on this I assure you I will..

    The environment that is there now as a flow on to the years of VCAT around this is befitting to the loss of the green wedge and anything less than that is wrong.

    A caravan park above the wonderful creek that has been restored... Sureley all have lost thier minds ?? Or it is a joke or mistake..

  13. Milton Purcell wrote to local councillor Adam Gill

    Adam, please advise me that this is an early April Fools Joke ? Has anyone associated with this application looked at the site ? One would need to to dig up half the hill to accomodate this ridiculous intent. I am not one for being up in arms lighlty.. but on this I assure you I will..

    The environment that is there now as a flow on to the years of VCAT around this is befitting to the loss of the green wedge and anything less than that is wrong.

    A caravan park above the wonderful creek that has been restored... Sureley all have lost thier minds ?? Or it is a joke or mistake..

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    Adam Gill local councillor for Knox City Council
    replied to Milton Purcell

    Milton,

    It is not April yet. Therefor it can’t be an April Fools Day joke.
    On a serious note; Council is the Planning Authority and will asses the application based on the Knox Planning Scheme and local planning policy.Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention.Regards,Adam GillSent from my iPhoneOn 13 Mar 2018, at 4:44 pm, Milton Purcell <> wrote:

    Adam, please advise me that this is an early April Fools Joke ? Has anyone associated with this application looked at the site ? One would need to to dig up half the hill to accomodate this ridiculous intent. I am not one for being up in arms lighlty.. but on this I assure you I will..

    The environment that is there now as a flow on to the years of VCAT around this is befitting to the loss of the green wedge and anything less than that is wrong.

    A caravan park above the wonderful creek that has been restored... Sureley all have lost thier minds ?? Or it is a joke or mistake..

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    Description: Proposal Caravan Park

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  14. Milton Purcell wrote to local councillor John Mortimore

    Hi John, please advise me that this is an early April Fools Joke ? Has anyone associated with this application looked at the site ? One would need to to dig up half the hill to accomodate this ridiculous intent. I am not one for being up in arms lighlty.. but on this I assure you I will..

    The environment that is there now as a flow on to the years of VCAT around this is befitting to the loss of the green wedge and anything less than that is wrong.

    A caravan park above the wonderful creek that has been restored... Sureley all have lost thier minds ?? Or it is a joke or mistake..

    Delivered to local councillor John Mortimore. They are yet to respond.

  15. Danielle Mack commented

    This application is in clear violation of the regulations pertaining to the use of this greenwedge. I have a view of this property from my home and I do not want to see caravans. It is inappropriate for this area and will do more harm then good. There is also a significant Wildlife corridor at the base of this greenwedge. Council will have a fight on their hands should they allow this to go through!

  16. Kelly Pollock wrote to local councillor Nicole Seymour

    The application is not only in violation of regulations around use and development of the greenwedge, it is a great risk to the property values, standard of living and will have sugnificant issues around traffic flow. The area around the intersection of Lysterfield Rd. and Glenfern Rd. has seen some lovely upgrades, refurbishments and a general effort of revitalizing the homes and land. Those people who have purchased or rent homes in the area do so because of it’s location, less dense living and appreciation for the foliage and natural wildlife. Do not approve this application. Do not negatively impact the greenwedge, home owners and the already existing revitalization to this area. Please listen to the community!

    Delivered to local councillor Nicole Seymour. They are yet to respond.

  17. Emily Finlay commented

    To the Planning Authority,

    This application does not adhere to the single dwelling requirement for the land. The site is on a slope and would require modification to function as a caravan park, which would further violate the restrictions that were put in place when the land was originally subdivided. Such a development would surely affect property values in this beautiful, peaceful area. Then there is the question of the significant work done by the council, Melbourne Water and the local community to reconstruct the creek as a wildlife corridor. A caravan park is the wrong kind of development for such an environmentally sensitive site.

  18. Steve and Liz Young commented

    Most Inappropriate use of this land. Inadequate access through established residential area or off busy main road . Major works would be needed to accommodate caravans on such a steep slope. Big environmental issues on this slope leading down to Ferny Creek. Planning rules are made for a reason and should not be broken or changed .
    Not a very well thought out idea.
    This application deserves no further consideration and should be declined outright.

  19. Tracey Burchall commented

    Absolutely inappropriate to consider a caravan park for this area. True vision and planning considers the way in which we plan to coexist with nature even if only for the sake of human enjoyment at the very least; at best as a means of seeking balance for the future in one of the few areas where this is possible.

  20. Felicity Leopoulson commented

    This subject land was purchased
    in 2015 by parties Corporation Newco Pty Ltd; Willowvale Investments Pty Ltd, Lizza.

    But, subsequently on-sold early
    2019 there to current owner Hong Guo of "Joe Investments Australia Pty Ltd."

    Which was incorporated, as an Australian company,
    on 12/03/2019.

    Therefore, in addition trust foreign ownership laws were complied with in this matter if applicable.

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