Councillors delay teeing off again on Duntryleague's golf shed

OUT OF BOUNDS: Marcia Thorp's backyard.
OUT OF BOUNDS: Marcia Thorp's backyard.

THE fate of a golf storage shed at Duntryleague has been deferred a second time following staunch opposition from neighbours.

Councillors deferred the development application for the 3.2-metre high shed in July pending a site inspection to consider the need for three metres of fill material, which the applicant had already brought to the site.

Rowan Street resident Marcia Thorp told councillors her property would lose sunlight if the shed was built to the submitted design.

“This proposal as described in your papers has [an] ... unnecessary impact on my property,” she said.

The impact was real and could be easily avoided by relocating the shed or removing the fill and using the natural land contours, she said.

Mrs Thorp said she would lose valuable winter sun and the suggested landscaping measures were “inconsiderate, insulting and naive”. 

“It is a bandaid measure ... and sends the wrong message about council’s commitment to sustainable development,” she said.

While the report stated the impact on Mrs Thorp’s property would not be of critical importance, deputy mayor Chris Gryllis moved for the overall height of the shed, including the fill level, to be reduced by 1.5 metres, halving the fill level.

Cr Reg Kidd believed there were alternative locations for the shed, while councillor Kevin Duffy thought 1.5 metres was a good compromise, however councillor Glenn Taylor felt deferral for further negotiation with Duntryleague staff was more appropriate.

“We’re not engineers, we need to seek the views of all concerned so we have an informed recommendation,” he said.

The matter will be brought to a future council meeting.


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