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Hall given green light after tribunal finding


The transformation of Horsham Town Hall into a state-of-the-art performing arts centre is scheduled to start in August.
Municipal leaders expect the $17-million project to take about 18 months to complete.
Horsham Rural City Council chief executive Peter Brown outlined details after final approval for a planning permit allowed the project to proceed.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal handed down its decision after considering objections about heritage, car parking, loading bays, site access, bicycle parking, traffic-management plans and construction hours associated with the project.
“We are extremely pleased that VCAT, as the independent umpire, has now given us a very clear decision that the planning permit issued by the council for the redevelopment of the Horsham Town Hall is approved,” Mr Brown said.
“The VCAT decision means that, along with the heritage permit issued in late December, we can now make a start on the project, which will bring many community and economic benefits to Horsham and the region.”
VCAT member Geoffrey Code, in announcing the decision, said heritage-related problems with an earlier proposal no longer applied to the centre in the application.
He said in a VCAT order: “The design response for the centre in this application provides for the theatre to be located close to Pynsent Street. The theatre and the café and its outdoor seating area on a widened footpath provide a harder and more activated edge to Pynsent Street. There is an improved streetscape outcome to Wilson Street and the overall heritage and built form response is worthy of a permit.”
Car parking
Mr Code also considered the council’s car-parking strategy prepared by traffic engineer Ernest Mensforth from consulting firm Cardno Victoria in his finding.
“Mr Mensforth’s evidence is that, within 400 metres of the centre, there are 1976 publicly available one-hour or more parking spaces and 1860 two-hour or more parking spaces. Based on surveys in the peak pre-Christmas period last year, 468 of the one-hour or more spaces and 431 of the two-hour or more spaces were available,” he said.

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Posted on Feb 27 2013

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