The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has overturned a Council decision to refuse the construction of a telecommunications facility in the middle of Ocean Grove.
Vodafone Hutchinson appealed the decision and has now been given the go ahead to construct a mobile telecommunications facility on The Parade.
The permit was issued for the land at part of 74-92 The Parade, Ocean Grove.
Earlier this year Council voted against the installation of the tower.
In his report, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal senior member Geoffrey Code said “there is a strong community need for telecommunications facilities”.
“After carrying out this balancing task, I find the proposal has a net community benefit and is an acceptable planning outcome,” Mr Code said.
“The proposal has a minimal impact, including visual impact, on the amenity of the area.
“The telecommunications facility occupies a small rectangular area (about 2.2 metres by about 7 metres) between car spaces next to a power pole and generally located behind a supermarket and hardware store.
“The facility will not result in the loss of any car spaces.”