Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (12:42): My constituency question today is for the Minister for Planning. I have been contacted by a constituent regarding a proposed aged-care facility development by Glengollan Village in Ferntree Gully. Planning legislation has meant that developers can circumvent local council by-laws on planning overlays that apply to all other residents in the planning process of this project. This legislation was intended to facilitate the process of creating more nursing home beds. Unfortunately this proposed 108-bed facility will only have an additional 12 beds compared to the existing 96-bed facility. The additional 12 beds are insufficient to balance out the detriment to the environment and other residents who live nearby. Therefore my constituency question is: does the government consider the mere 12 additional beds sufficient reason for a development to circumvent local planning regulations that are intended to protect the community?
A new aged care facility is being built by Glengollan Village in Ferntree Gully.