Houses approved – at last
FOUR houses will be allowed to be built on a subdivision that straddles farm and industrial land in North Portland, despite Glenelg Shire Council officers recommending it be rejected.
Councillors unanimously agreed at a meeting in Cape Bridgewater last week to approve the houses on a 19.645ha subdivision straddling School Rd and The Broadway, land currently leased for farming and opposite Keppel Prince’s wind turbine manufacturing site and close to Portland North Primary School.
Both School Rd and The Broadway are also approved B-double routes but there are several houses on smaller lots in the immediate area.
The site has been the subject of four separate planning applications since 2016, with two two-lot subdivisions previously refused before a four-lot subdivision was okayed, and then an application for four houses on the sites was rejected.
“The crux of the issue being the applicant wants to sell the land with planning permit for a house to achieve the highest sale price, whilst the zoning and proximity to industry discourages housing,” a report for the council meeting says.