Development Plan Overlay Schedule 7 Removed

Development Plan Overlay Schedule 7 Removed

Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy

Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine

Development Controls Removed At Portland And Narrawong

Victor P Taffa

The Baillieu Government has paved the way for landowners to build a house on their own land in the Narrawong area, ending the Labor Party’s long-standing, unfair ban on such construction.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy today removed the interim development controls on private land between the Portland and Narrawong coastal area in the Glenelg Shire. The changes will be effective immediately.

“The removal of Development Plan Overlay Schedule 7 will allow for sustainable private development of land in this area subject to compliance with normal planning and building requirements.” Mr. Guy said.

“Labor’s Development Plan Overlay was impractical and unfair.”

“The Baillieu Government has acted swiftly to uphold the rights of these landowners who have suffered years of uncertainty, family distress and heartache at the hands of the previous Labor Government.” Mr. Guy said.

Mr. Guy said the Development Plan Overlay Schedule 7 was introduced on an interim basis in early 2007 to allow Glenelg Shire Council to undertake a detailed assessment of coastal processes. This interim basis has lasted some years, with no end in sight, until now.

“The strength and determination of many local people should be recognised because this situation has caused much stress to their families.” Mr. Guy said.

“Local Member Denis Napthine should also be congratulated for his determination to achieve justice for the people of Narrawong who have been burdened by in this issue for years.” Mr. Guy said.

Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine welcomed the announcement.

“I have fought for the residents of Narrawong and District for a long time and I am delighted that commonsense has prevailed.” Dr. Napthine said.

“This announcement provides certainty to the landowners who have been in planning limbo for years and allows them to get on with their lives.” Dr. Napthine said.

Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine

Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine