Deputy mayor steps back from renovation approval decision

Ballarat deputy mayor Samantha McIntosh will recuse herself from consideration of a planning application related to her historic home this week. 

Council officers have recommended approval of the Hotham Street application,  despite eight objections from nearby residents. 

The application to demolish an outbuilding, alter existing sections of the home and add a single storey section was lodged in August 2012. 

After restoring several heritage homes, the McIntosh family is also seeking approval to add a new two-bedroom double storey dwelling with an attached single garage and relocate a 20th century -addition cottage from the rear of the existing building to the south-west corner of the site. 

Objectors to the plans cited heritage concerns, overdevelopment of the site, concerns about a possible use of the property as a bed and breakfast, subdivision, overshadowing and overlooking. 

The plans were amended following a November 19 mediation meeting.

The two storey 19th century home known as Elsinore has a large garden with mature trees and other vegetation. A council heritage advisor raised no objections to the plans, as all works will be of traditional design and appearance. 

The proposal includes four additional parking spaces, despite planning requirements of only three additional parking spaces. 

Cr McIntosh confirmed yesterday she would recuse herself as required in council proceedings.

thomas.mcilroy@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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