Catholic centre plan shot down: City of Stirling

PUBLIC outcry over a proposed development in Woodlands has prompted City of Stirling councillors to reject the plan.

The proposal was to build a Catholic leadership centre which would include seminar rooms, accommodation and a function and dining space at the site.

Residents asked questions about the development, which was recommended for approval in the officer’s report.

The City received 57 submissions during the pubic consultation period, outlining concerns including increase in traffic, lack of parking, noise and anti-social behaviour.

Hale Hockey Club manager Adam Hutchinson said he had not received any correspondence from the City and was informed the day before from a resident.

Mr Hutchinson said a major concern was the proposal to use 133 bays that belong to the club.

The council report said the public was well informed with signs and a detailed area plan available on the City’s website.

Cr Elizabeth Resaid she had lived in the area for most of her life and there were many concerns among residents.

“The community has said they don’t want it in their nice, quiet lifestyle,” Cr Re said.

“Hale Hockey Club wasn’t consulted and it is in their back yard.”

Cr Re described the development as “bigger than Ben Hur” and said it would encourage noise and traffic at night.

“We must listen to the community; this will be detrimental to the neighbourhood.”

Cr Caddy, who voted for the motion, said the council did not have planning grounds to refuse it. The application will now be referred to the Development Application Panel.