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In Ferntree Gully VIC on “Building and works to...” at 2-8 St Elmo Avenue, Ferntree Gully VIC 3156:

Barry Magee commented

Resident of Carmel Avenue 20 years
Just to inform residents of a few reasons why we have been put in this predicament,
re-2-8 St. Elmo Avenue Ferntree Gully.
1. 3-4 years ago owner and Glengollan got together re deal to sell, checked with authorities re removing trees and under growth, height of building etc. and Glengollan found their requirements by law could not be achieved.
Purchase fell through.

2. 2 years ago 7/06/2018 Knox Council sent us for comment application for a planning permit P208/6135, for development of a single story dwelling, for purposes of the owner, we did not object but were always wary of the next stage.

3. Permit given but did not carry on.

4. Late 2019 early 2020 I was aware that a deal might be on again .

5. A query was put to Knox council planning department and was told that Federal Government had changed the rules for Aged Care Facilities and Aged Care Nursing Homes. They no longer had to abide by any rules pertaining to removal of most trees and undergrowth and as long as building was under 15 meters and covered max. 80 %
of available land a permit could be applied for.

6. Management changed 3-4 years ago.

7. The rest is history.

Glengollan management have stated that I was not aware that they owned the property and that they were the applicant for the permit.

I was aware only to well that Glengollan were behind the permit application and owned the property but worded my comment exactly as they did their application to Council .
No word of Glengollan was ever on the permit application , what were they trying to hide.
New management appear to have been trying to achieve the respect that the previous management had with the neighbours (Gerrard) but this may have ended over the current application.

It is great to see the way in which neighbours are getting together electronically over these trying times to state their case in saying we want a fair go.

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