City of Vincent Mayor disputes claim council approved controversial aged-care facility development

An excerpt of the leaflet distributed in the City of Vincent South Ward.
An excerpt of the leaflet distributed in the City of Vincent South Ward.

CITY of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole has disputed claims by a community group that council approved a controversial Cleaver Street aged care development.

Cleaver Precinct Action Group circulated a leaflet throughout the South Ward, expressing “grave concerns” related to the proposed development’s height and density.

Rosewood Aged Care applied for the $65 million redevelopment of its 5454sq m, which would see a six-storey building at the site and an increase in beds from 52 to 152.

Heritage cottage Florence Hummerston Lodge would form the centrepiece of the development with $500,000 of restoration works.

Ms Cole disputed the leaflet’s claims the “development was approved by council” and said State Government regulations made it clear only the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) could make determinations on it, based on City officer recommendations.

Ms Cole said officers recommended the application be approved, subject to conditions, based on its technical planning assessment, but council played no role in the process.

Action Group chairman Alf Parolo said at the April council meeting the application was “rushed through council”.

Ms Cole said the City’s advertising process was comprehensive and included 446 leaflets mailed to residents within a 150m radius of the site.

She said the City received 105 submissions.

JDAP deferred the application so Rosewood could address a number of issues.

Rosewood has applied to the State Administrative Tribunal to have the matter reviewed.