Jan 192012

Following Council’s refusal of the developer’s proposal, the developer has submitted an appeal to VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal).

As expected the developer has applied and paid to be on the fast-track Major Case List. This means VCAT has scheduled a very fast timeframe for objectors to submit paperwork, the hearing to take place, and a decision to be made.

Please read this summary of recent correspondence and make sure you read the IMPORTANT section at bottom of this post.

Everyone who objected to the development will have by now received a letter and attachments posted to them from the developers solicitor Best Hooper. Here is an extract from the letter…


Dear Sir/Madam,

Re:    Subject Land: 6 Paine St Newport
VCAT Reference No. P27/2012

We act for the Permit/Applicant in the above matter.

As directed by the Tribunal, we enclose by way of service the following:

(a) copy Application for Review pursuant to Section 77 of Planning and Environment Act 1987;
(b) VCAT order dated 5 January 2012;
(b) Information form (A); and
(c) Statement of Grounds form (B).

Please be advised this matter has been listed in the Major Cases List and the following dates have been allocated:-

Practice Day Hearing 10 February 2012 10:00 am
Mediation: 1 March 2012 10:00 am
Hearing: 10 April 2012 10:00 am for 6 days


The closing date by which a Statement of Grounds must be received by ourselves, the Tribunal and the Responsible Authourity is no later than 6 February 2012.

Yours faithfully

Sarah Don
Senior Associate

Enclosed: were the Major Case List application and attachments.


Shortly will follow another post on this website outlining the next steps objectors should take. Which will include the critical step of completing in triplicate and submitting the Statement of Grounds (Form B) as soon as possible.

Volunteers will be available assist you complete the Statement of Grounds form and/or sending them off to all parties.

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