PLANS to construct three double-storey units on a demolished house site have hit a major stumbling block with Warrnambool City Council officers recommending refusal of a permit.
The proposal has already drawn controversy with seven objections including nearby residents of heritage homes previously owned by the late clothing industry icon Sir Fletcher Jones.
There was also criticism of demolition workers using an oxy torch on a total fire ban day to wreck the building at 47 Mickle Street where the units are planned to be sited.
A report for tonight's council meeting lists five reasons by planning officers for advising against the proposal.
The reasons include: the proposal is contrary to the neighbourhood character; it will create a detrimental impact on the heritage significance of 72 Jamieson Street and nearby precincts; it does not constitute a proper and orderly planning outcome for the site.
"This proposal fails to respond to its context and has excessive bulk, height and scale to its rear and side boundaries," the report says.
"As the design currently sits, the proposed buildings are considered intrusive and overwhelming, particularly to the residences at 68, 70, 72 and 74 Jamieson Street."
The report comments on the increasing trend for modern high-density townhouse developments within inner city residential areas.
"It is acknowledged that a lack of neighbourhood character definition has resulted in some development within inner areas of Warrnambool being out of character and not managed appropriately," it says.
Other items on tonight's meeting agenda include: presentation of the annual draft budget for public submissions, a review of the council's four-year plan and the March quarter performance review. The public meeting starts at 5.30pm.