Ownership Change and New Development Plan Proposal
In December 2018 the land was acquired by Golf Road Project Development Pty Ltd (new owner).
A development plan application has been received and is currently subject to community consultation (June/July 2019).
Additional details regarding the development plan proposal currently being considered by Council can be found here: Proposed development plan for 1 Beryl Avenue, Oakleigh South
If you have any questions, please contact Jeanny Lui, Principal Planner on 9518 3494.
Update: August 2016
In August 2016, aged care provider Bupa was announced as the new owner of the former school site in Beryl Avenue, Oakleigh South.
No development plan proposal was lodged by Bupa whom have subsequently sold the land to a private developer.
See Council's 24 August 2016 media release: Breakthrough in dispute over former school site in Oakleigh South.
In July/August 2016, Council sought community feedback about an amended development proposal for the site. This proposal was put forward by the site's previous owner/developer Oakleigh Garden Pty Ltd. Council received more than 1,160 submissions from the community, objecting to the proposal.
At its meeting on 30 August 2016, Council refused the amended development proposal, citing several grounds, including that the scale and density was excessive, and that the proposal would integrate poorly with the neighbourhood character of the surrounding area. To read more about Council's assessment of the proposal, see: 1.5 Report to 30 August Council meeting (pdf, 499KB)
This came after Council refused the developer's original plan for the site in 2015, with more than 1,100 local residents having objected to that plan. The developer subsequently appealed against Council's decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). As part of the VCAT review, the developer chose to amend the proposal. The amended proposal was what Council and the community considered in mid-2016.
In early October 2016, Council was advised that the developer Oakleigh Garden Pty Ltd had withdrawn their VCAT appeal.
In 2014, the former State Government rezoned the site to Residential and placed a Development Plan Overlay on the site. The site was then sold.
The new owner Oakleigh Garden Pty Ltd then submitted a Development Plan to Council which provided a broad master plan for how they proposed the site be used and developed. They proposed a three storey apartment building (with up to 65 apartments) and 56 townhouses (mainly two storey with some three storey). More than 1,100 community members objected to the proposed plan. At its 29 September 2015 meeting, Council refused the development plan. To find out more about Council's decision, read this media release (Development plans for school sites refused).
You may also be interested in this report by Council's planning staff, which Council considered before making its decision: 1 Beryl Avenue, Oakleigh South: Application for Development Plan Approval (pdf, 843KB)
The former State Government's decision to place a Development Plan Overlay on the site reduced the rights of residents to object to development on the site. It is for this reason that Council asked the former State Government to reconsider its decision to impose a Development Plan Overlay on the site. However, the former State Government proceeded to sell the site with a Development Plan Overlay in place.