By GRAEME SINGLETON
MOONEE residents will welcome news that the Land and Environment Court has refused to approve a high density housing development for the village.
The court has ruled that the application did not comply with the Moonee Development Control Plan (DCP), and that the information provided on the proposal was inadequate.
The application consisted of 143 dwellings of which 66 were to be units in four three-storey apartment buildings.
The remainder were to be a mix of one- and two-storey attached houses over basement parking, two-storEy townhouses will ground-level parking and single-storey villas.
The chairman of the council's planning committee, Cr Rod McKelvey, said the matter was taken to the Land and Environment Court after council refused the application.
"The proposal had so many differences from the Moonee DCP that I'm not surprised the Land and Environment Court also refused it," Cr McKelvey said.
"Right from the start council had offered the applicant mediation to improve the plan so that it would fit into the DCP, but unfortunately the applicant chose to go to the Land and Environment Court."
Cr McKelvey said given the strident opposition of Moonee residents to the development he thought that they would be very happy with the outcome.
He said he had been particularly concerned about issues of parking, access, building heights and density associated with the proposal.