Ballarat Clarendon College seeks to engage residents ahead of $2.5 million redevelopment

Ballarat Clarendon College is hoping the formal presentation of its master plan to council will offer certainty about the school’s boundaries to nearby residents.   

Hopeful: Ballarat Clarendon College principal David Shepherd.

Hopeful: Ballarat Clarendon College principal David Shepherd.

Last week BCC lodged a planning application with the City of Ballarat for the school’s proposed $2.5 million redevelopment, which if successful will see the demolition of three houses and the shortening of Ajax Street.

Principal David Shepherd said the school had actively engaged with the community during the planning process and hoped the master plan would clarify the future of the Sturt Street site. 

“We’ve taken (residents’) concerns into account so I’m very hopeful they will be supportive,” Mr Shepherd said.  “We’ve tried as hard as we can to talk to people.”

The proposal also seeks to rezone about 50 per cent of the school’s land from general residential to special use, which allows for education.

The development will be required to go on advertising before getting the go-ahead from council.