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Hospital Precinct Structure Plan amendment on public exhibition

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The City of Greater Bendigo is asking for public comment on a planning scheme amendment that seeks to implement the Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

The plan responds to the $630M redevelopment of Bendigo Hospital and looks to improve certainty for businesses, investors and the community, as well as help decision-making by Greater Bendigo City Council and other authorities. Its vision is for Bendigo to be the premier health centre for regional Victoria.

In September last year, the Hospital Precinct Structure Plan was adopted by the Council and recommended several planning policy changes, which are proposed through Planning Scheme Amendment C216. The precinct includes 165ha immediately surrounding the new hospital.

City Planning and Development Director, Prue Mansfield, said the plan identifies Bridge Street as an extension of Bendigo’s City Centre and as a destination for shopping, offices, cafes and restaurants, medical centres, and apartment-style housing.

“Some rezonings as well as policies related to achieving high quality design and more efficient parking are proposed to help achieve this,” Ms Mansfield said.

“The plan seeks to create a health precinct based around the hospital, which concentrates medical centres, specialists and associated services. Policies for new medical centres and the design of new development are proposed. The plan also seeks to minimise any impact on surrounding residential streets, many of which are of important heritage value.”

Submissions should be addressed to: City of Greater Bendigo, PO Box 733, Bendigo VIC 3552 or email [email protected]. Submissions close on September 10, 2015.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the amendment is invited to come along to a drop-in information session:

  • Monday August 3, 2015 anytime from 5pm to 8pm at Bendigo Library
  • Tuesday August 11, 2015 anytime from 10am to 1pm, Bendigo Library
  • Tuesday August 18, 2015 anytime from 5pm to 8pm at Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo
  • Saturday August 22, 2015 anytime from 10am to 1pm, Schaller Studio Foyer, Cnr Bayne and Lucan Streets, Bendigo

More information is available at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/psamendments

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