The amendment includes an Incorporated Plan into the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme.
This is to enable the use and development of a ‘medical centre’ which is not to be conducted by or on behalf of Council and is otherwise a prohibited use within the current zone.
The ‘medical centre’ is to be co-located within the redevelopment of the Alexandra Park Pavilion and will provide allied health services.
The planning scheme amendment (the amendment) and planning permit application affects 275 Main Street, Mornington.
Image 1: Aerial image of Alexandra Park
The two existing pavilions at Alexandra Park (pictured below) have been assessed as being no longer fit for purpose and an upgrade of the pavilions is needed to meet the facility requirements of all sporting user groups based at Alexandra Park. Furthermore, the current first floor social rooms and viewing area constrain accessibility to many user groups as they are only accessible by outdoor narrow stairs. The current pavilions access is also not consistent with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) or best practice design such as Universal Design Principles.
Image 2: Existing pavilions at Alexandra Park
The two storey Alexandra Park Pavilion redevelopment provides an opportunity to co-locate (among other uses) sports and orthopaedic specialist consultation (consultant suites) described as a ‘medical centre’ use and rehabilitation space as part of the redeveloped pavilion. These services will be provided by the Bays Healthcare Group (owner of the Bays Hospital located to the east of Alexandra Park on the opposite side of Main Street).
Under the planning scheme a ‘medical centre’ use is only permitted in the pavilion if it is run by or on behalf of Council, or an Incorporated Plan allows for the use. A planning scheme amendment is required to enable the ‘medical centre’ use given it will be run by the Bays Healthcare Group, not Council and a planning permit is required for the redevelopment of the pavilion and car parking.
Because the redevelopment of the Pavilions requires both a planning scheme amendment and a planning permit, a combined planning scheme amendment and planning permit process was undertaken (pursuant to Section 96A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987).
- Planning Scheme Amendment C263morn enables the use and development of the medical centre use.
- Planning Permit Application CP19/001 enables the development of the pavilion, car park and associated works.
The planning scheme amendment includes an Incorporated Plan into the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme to enable the use and development of a ‘medical centre’ which is not to be conducted by or on behalf of Council and is otherwise a prohibited use within the current Public Park and Recreation Zone (PPRZ). The Amendment formally:
- amends the schedule to Clause 36.02 of the Public Park and Recreation Zone Schedule by introducing the Alexandra Park Pavilion Redevelopment (275 Main Street, Mornington), Incorporated Plan, September 2021; and
- amends the schedule to Clause 72.04 by inserting Alexandra Park Pavilion Redevelopment (275 Main Street, Mornington), Incorporated Plan, September 2021 into the list of documents incorporated into the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme.
The planning permit application is required to develop the land for the purposes of a sports pavilion and associated works.
The existing netball shed and toilet block will also be demolished. All existing vegetation is to be retained. Within the redeveloped pavilion, the following facilities will be provided:
- unisex umpire’s facilities which can be divided into two separate compartments through a roller shutter door for mixed gendered use (including new unisex amenities in line with local AFL standards),
- public toilets, including disability facilities,
- first aid room,
- home and away change rooms, unisex amenities, training room and property store, including disability facilities,
- netball, cricket and football equipment storage,
- rehabilitation and gymnasium area,
- kiosk, store and servery,
- administration area, and
- lift and stair access to the first floor
- four allied health consulting suites including waiting room/reception store and tearoom facilities
- public toilets, including disability facilities
- multi-purpose social rooms able to accommodate a maximum of 181 patrons
- kitchen, store and servery area
- balcony and plant area
- lift and stair access to the ground floor.
As per the below site plan, an area accommodating 20 car parking spaces and 3 bicycle parking spaces will be formalised and sealed. The remainder of the existing gravel car park will be retained, allowing access for vehicles to park around the oval.
A maximum of six medical practitioners will be allowed to operate from the ‘medical centre’ (the allied health consulting suites). The centre can only operate between the hours of Monday to Friday, 7:00am – 5:30pm, unless otherwise permitted by Council.
A change to the current sign requirements will enable future tenants of the medical centre to provide signage appropriate to their business needs that respects the amenity of the surrounding area. A separate planning permit will be required for this signage in the future
You can view all amendment documents free of charge via the Browse amendments – C263morn webpage on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.
Exhibition of the amendment concluded at 5:00pm on 20 December 2020. A total of 13 submissions were received.
Submissions have been redacted to protect submitters’ privacy and can be viewed below.
Council decided during its meeting on 9 March 2021 to refer submissions to an independent Planning Panel for review.
Following the Panel’s Direction Hearing on Thursday, 15 April, the Panel decided not to hold a public hearing and instead reviewed the amendment, permit application and all submissions ‘on the papers’.
The Panel released its report on 25 June 2021. Overall, the Panel recommended that Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme Amendment C263morn and Planning Permit Application CP19/001 be adopted as exhibited subject to addressing five recommendations.
All Panel-related documents, including Council’s submission to the Panel, and the Panel’s report can be found below in the Document Library.
An independent planning panel considered all submissions. Council considered the panel’s report and recommendations and decided at the 13 September 2021 Planning Services Committee Meeting to:
- adopt the amendment with changes; and
- submit the amendment to the Minister for Planning for approval
The Minister for Planning has decided to approve the combined amendment and planning permit application and directed Council to issue the permit. Council is now the responsible authority for the permit.