The Andrews Labor Government has taken action to protect Bentleigh and Carnegie from excessive and inappropriate development.

Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos made the announcement today alongside Minister for Planning Richard Wynne, who has placed interim mandatory and discretionary height controls across the Bentleigh and Carnegie activity centres.

The interim controls provide immediate protection for both activity centres from inappropriate development while the Glen Eira City Council delivers a permanent framework for development  in its activity centres.

Activity centres are neighbourhood locations that can include services, jobs, homes, transport facilities and places for socialising. Each activity centre has its own development potential and is subject to local strategic planning rules.

The Glen Eira City Council will soon run a process where locals will have the chance to have their say over how their centres should look and what permanent planning controls should apply in their area.

The interim measures mean any future development will be limited to heights between three and five storeys in the Bentleigh activity centre, or between four and seven storeys within Carnegie.

The Labor Government’s new Plan Melbourne is our blueprint for catering for a population expected to hit eight million by 2050. It’s a plan to preserve the character that makes our suburbs great and ensure Melbourne remains one of the world’s best cities to live, work and invest.

The interim controls are in place until December 31.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“Glen Eira’s character is unrivalled, and we’ll never put it at risk. These interim controls provide immediate protection to allow the council to deliver a permanent, clear-cut framework,”

“The community has spoken and we’ve listened. Our activity centres are great for jobs and the economy, but we want to ensure that development is done right.”

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