Mar 13

Definition of Planning…

Submissions/Objections can still be forwarded to City of Ballarat for the changes to Tree Protection Areas in Stockade Street.
Reference – PLP/2012/946

“I know that Ballarat East residents have been disheartened with the planning of the large development on the corner of Fussell and Stockade Streets and the latest application appears to be too little, too late. The fact that the application is requesting the relocation of the vegetation envelopes shows that the site features were not considered at the planning stage.

The Oxford Dictionary definition of Planning – “… to arrange beforehand; form a plan”.

The idea of leaving some vegetation or providing space for vegetation in this development of more than 60 dwellings is supported by every State and Local Planning document, Council Strategy and council information brochure provided to the public and prospective builder or developer.

There are also ‘protected’ trees in the North East corner of the larger development site – it appears that the developer is trying to drastically level an undulating development site and in doing so these trees will be lost also. Watch this space!

Personally, I hope that the City of Ballarat Compliance Officer ensures that the remaining ‘protected’ trees are in fact protected and I also ask that landscaping conditions placed on all planning permits are enforced.

If you support the protection of vegetation and subsequent compliance with permit conditions in this area then make sure you put your views in writing.

Surely after the recent spell of hot weather, people should want to plant trees near their homes – nothing beats the cooling and glare-reduction effects of a tree on a hot day!”

Diane Chester




  1. judyann says:

    It’s obvious that these building blocks are too small to fit on a house and trees. Also, for houses to have ‘green features’, wider eaves are necessary, no room for them either. Wildlife needs trees here, now! They aren’t able to move 30 or 40 kilometers to nest, or climb a sappling planted somewhere as ‘offset’.

  2. Maggie Dannatt says:

    Couldn’t agree more Diane, wouldn’t it be nice if we had real town planners able to implement these sensible and as you point out, already recognised planning conditions.

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