• Farmhouse application shadows landscape

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    INDIGO Shire Council has notionally approved a planning permit amendment and will negotiate a special agreement under planning law with Beechworth Honey’s Jodie and Steven Goldsworthy that could enable a house to be built in a sensitive National Trust-classified landscape.

    Planning and sustainable development manager Ian Scholes advised that council planners had recommended that the council refuse the Goldsworthys’ application to have a farmhouse built on a 33-hectare property below the Beechworth-Wangaratta Road at Robinsons Road.

    The site is within a trust-classified landscape known as ‘Black Springs Bakery Southern Landscape’ from which there is an impressive sweep of views from Mount Buffalo to the Ovens Valley and the Warby Range.

    The planners’ report to the council said that the landscape had been “identified as essential to the heritage of Australia and which must be preserved”.

    Listed threats include road reserve clearing, hill profile alteration and land-use modification.

    Mr Scholes also reported that planners believed the proposal inconsistent with the Indigo Shire municipal strategic statement.

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