YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO BUILD YOUR HOME ON YOUR LAND. SUPPORT PHILLIP'S PERMIT APPLICATION

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SUPPORT PHILLIP MANNERHEIM AND HIS PERMIT APPLICATION TO BUILD HIS HOME FOR HIS OWN RETIREMENT IN PIGEON BANK ROAD, NORTH WARRANDYTE

If you believe that you have a right to build your family home on your own property, subject to reasonable requirements in relation to fire safety, vegetation retention and amenity, then please sign this petition to support Phillip in his application to build his family home for his impending retirement.

The local community will be enhanced by strong support of this right and Phillip deserves to receive that same support.

Phillip is an award-winning Architect and owner of a 5.4 hectare property in North Warrandyte.

He has designed a 10 star energy rated house which sits unobtrusively well away from the road with no adverse impact on the amenity of any adjoining properties. He has satisfied all fire safety requirements, the proposed home has a BAL40 rating and approval from the CFA.

He has approval from DELWP in relation to vegetation management requirements and was granted a Notice of Determination to Issue a Planning Permit from the Nillumbik Shire Council on 14 March 2017.

Each of these Authorities have commended Phillip on his design, his inclusion of fire mitigation controls and his appreciation of the sensitive nature of building within vegetated areas of Nillumbik.

His design incorporates cutting edge technology and will be fully self-sufficient in terms of power, water and effluent disposal. It places no burden on the local environment, the State power grid, State water supplies or local drainage. His design sets a bench mark that should be an aspirational target for any home builder across the State, but particularly within the peri-urban areas of Nillumbik Shire.

Instead of supporting and encouraging Phillip, some purported environmental groups are challenging his right, his design and his benchmark standards on the flawed assertion that his proposal would result in the removal of an excessive number of small trees. Instead of applauding his credentials, his proposed extensive use of solar panels and passive heating, on site water holdings and revegetation initiatives, as well as his commitment to establishing a trust for nature area with stringent preservation commitments, he is being taken to VCAT by individuals who see the construction of an eco-friendly home as unacceptable.

There is no sound basis for objection, either legally or morally, yet individuals within the groups listed in the VCAT application have already built their homes on their own sites. This hypocrisy is ignored. Existing properties surrounding Mr Mannerheim’s site are either similar in size, or significantly smaller, and all contain existing homes which suffer no adverse amenity or environmental impacts from his proposal. It is clear that a purported minimum lot size requirement of 8 hectares for the construction of a home in Nillumbik has been consistently misstated for decades - to the extent that it has become a common myth. That requirement only applies in the case of a subdivision.



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