Aspire permit approved

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The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has granted a permit for the Aspire development on the corner of Short and High Streets in central Bendigo.

The Aspire Precinct will include a theatre, library, learning centre, exhibition space and meeting hall, adjacent to Sacred Heart Cathedral.

The tribunal included several additional conditions relating to hours of operation, deliveries, waste management, bus parking, signage and matters relating to the liquor licence for the site, which will further limit risks to the amenity of nearby residential properties.

However, the tribunal upheld Council’s decision to waive all parking spaces for the site and apply a condition requiring a financial contribution for 14 spaces

Director Strategy and Growth Bernie O’Sullivan said he was pleased the tribunal had upheld Council’s decision to allow the development to proceed.

“Council carefully considered the arguments for and against this development and the tribunal’s decision shows that Council made the right call,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“We are pleased that the Aspire Precinct Cultural Foundation can move forward with its development, in line with permit conditions.”

The permit states that work must start within two years and be completed within four years.

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