Move to give access to younger buyers to village rejected

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Vista Court retirement village in Gembrook (outside of Melbourne) applied to the Cardinia Council last November to be able to open up the village to buyers of half the homes to be under the age of 55. Last week it was unanimously rejected.

The council said it was unfair on the seniors who had bought in to the advertised development as the “only retirement living in the Hills”.

The village is just 20 units, with 12 built, two in construction and eight empty lots. Its original planning approval was made possible under the Gembrook Township Strategy which provided housing be made available within 400 meters walking distance of the town centre.