D-day looms in battle over new $5m motel for Peterborough

A PLANNING battle over a proposed $5 million motel and restaurant in Peterborough will be decided in the next month. 

Moyne Shire approved the development last year but the issue has proved divisive for the town’s small population. 

Supporters say it will breath new life into the quiet coastal township.

But opponents argue the double-storey, 40-room motel is out of place and also covers flood land.

Motel developer Peter Hunt is pitching to bring weddings, conferences and upmarket holiday makers to Peterborough. 

The plans will also include a gym and pool. Both sides took their case before the state’s top planning court in Melbourne last week.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is expected to make its decision soon.

“VCAT will now make their decision on the matter. It usually takes between four to six weeks,” Moyne Shire planning manager Michelle Grainger said.

Two objectors are making a case against the motel. 

“The issues raised were floods, amenity and protection of view,” Ms Grainger said.

Moyne Shire councillors voted unanimously in favour of the plans last November. 

Ms Grainger said the spot on Hamilton Street, which is also the Great Ocean Road, was already zoned for commercial use. 

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