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Steiner School turned down again
Sep 27, 2011 12:21am
Yarra Council again rejects a controversial proposal to expand a private school on the grounds of the historic Abbotsford Convent.
YARRA Council has again rejected a controversial proposal to expand a private school on the grounds of the historic Abbotsford Convent, putting the decision into the hands of Planning Minister Matthew Guy.
At a meeting last night councillors voted 5-3 against Sophia Mundi Steiner School’s proposal to build a new classroom block and turn a swimming pool into a playground.
A motion put by Socialist councillor Stephen Jolley said the proposal would remove access to public land in a ”precious inner-urban heritage site” and failed to adhere to the convent’s master plan to adapt existing buildings rather than build new ones. ”The biggest question remains why are we expanding a private school in the inner city’s best park … it’s a precedent we can’t allow to happen,” Cr Jolley said.
Heritage Victoria approved the plan earlier this month but Mr Guy asked the council for its opinion before making a final decision. Go here for the article on My Zoo.