Appeal after $160M retirement village planned for Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula refused

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There were to be 105 independent living units across 12 buildings at Beachleigh ‘retirement community’ in Mount Eliza, the seaside suburb in the Mornington Peninsula, 50km southeast of Melbourne’s CBD.

However, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council knocked back the proposal for the former Peninsula Health Mount Eliza Centre on 3.4 hectares of land.

As we covered here, Melbourne-based developer Hengyi Pacific reportedly paid Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services $17 million for the site in 2019.

Hengyi general manager Simon Manley said the company would appeal the Council’s refusal at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

“I will note we had support from the mayor and a number of other members. However, it was clear that the committee … hadn’t spent the time to review and understand the proposal that we would expect for such a major application which, ultimately, provided the outcome as indicated,” he said.

The company proposed building nine one-bedroom, 41 two-bedroom, 47 three-bedroom, four four-bedroom apartments and seven two-bedroom single-storey terrace houses. The maximum height of the buildings was to be eight metres. The Council received 56 objections against the application.