The Knox Private Hospital on Boronia Road, Wantirna, has plans for a substantial expansion, ultimately making it the second largest private hospital in Victoria (after Epworth Richmond), increasing from 300 beds to around 530 beds.
Council considered Amendment C132 and the Panel Report at an Ordinary Council Meeting on 28 October 2014 and resolved to adopt the Amendment with changes. The minutes of the Council Meeting are available for viewing below.
The adopted amendment was submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval on Friday 31 October 2014. Notice of the approval was published in the Government Gazette on 5 November 2015 and Knox Leader on 17 November 2015.
Land owners and submitters to Amendment C132 are currently being notified of the approval of Amendment C132.
The Amendment and approved documents can be viewed at:
As part of the proposed expansion of Knox Private Hospital, there are three separate processes which occurred at Council:
1. Planning Scheme Amendment C132 which applies a Development Plan Overlay to guide the future development of the Hospital site. The Amendment was approved by the Minister for Planning on 5 November 2015. Approximately 240 hospital beds and 700 parking spaces are envisaged to be incorporated through future development stages.
2. Planning Permit P2013/6593 which allows for construction of a hospital extension comprising 60 beds, 10 consulting suites and additional car parking. The application was heard at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) between 26 May and 12 June 2014. The Tribunal ordered on 8 July 2014 that a permit be issued, subject to conditions. Read the full VCAT decision. Construction has commenced onsite under this Planning Permit.
3. Sale of a section of Kidderminster Drive between 4 and 6 Ainsdale Avenue, Wantirna, to the Knox Private Hospital. Council resolved on 25 February 2014 to proceed with the closure of the road and resolved on 26 August 2014 to finalise the road sale (please see Council minutes below). Settlement on the road purchase occurred on 28 October 2014.
Planning Scheme Amendment C132 introduces a new Schedule 11 to Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay (DPO) to guide and facilitate the future expansion of the Knox Private Hospital, generally in accordance with the Indicative Masterplan (September 2014). A DPO is a form of planning control which requires that a Development Plan be approved by Council prior to a planning permit for buildings being granted. Importantly, any future planning permit applications which are consistent with an approved Development Plan will be exempt from public notice and review.
Healthscope has made available detailed plans which can be viewed below. These plans do not officially form part of Planning Scheme Amendment C132 or the planning permit application, and may not constitute the Hospital’s most up to date version of plans. These plans were provided to the Planning Panel on 30 June 2014 by Healthscope to help the local community visualise what the Hospital may look like in the future.
Amendment C132 was exhibited to the community between 30 January and 6 March, 2014. Exhibited documents can be viewed on the Planning Scheme Amendments Online page. A Community Information Night was run by Council and Healthscope at the Golden Pebble Wantirna on 26 February 2014.
A total of 32 submissions to Amendment C132 were received. Council considered these submissions and resolved on 22 April 2014 to request that the Minister for Planning appoint a Planning Panel to review the Amendment and all submissions received, and respond to the issues raised. Council meeting minutes can be viewed below.
A Panel to consider submissions to Amendment C132 to the Knox Planning Scheme was appointed under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The Panel was held on 12-15 August 2014.The Planning Panel’s report can be viewed at:
Expert Witness Reports considered by the Planning Panel can be viewed below.
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