View block shock


Frankton res­­­idents are furious the green light’s been given to a non-complying large car showroom and workshop block­­­ing their mountain views. 

Planning commissioners have approved the building of a 2506sq m GWD Russell building, between Lucas Place and suburban Robertson Street, despite the activity breaching site rules. 

It’s to go on a grassy area of land zoned airport mixed-use – which doesn’t allow car sales. 

Commissioners David Clarke and Leigh Overton’s approval decision this month argues the non-complying activity will have fewer adverse effects than complying activities. 

Robertson Street resident Fraser Camp­bell, who’s had his house since 1986, fumes: “It totally takes our view away and probably sunlight as well – and it’s going to get really busy. I’m not happy.” 

Campbell’s neighbour John Hamilton says residents are considering an Environment Court appeal. 

“We look out over Coronet Peak, the Crown Range – but we’ll end up looking at a big concrete wall. 

“It destroys what we’re living here for – we’ve been here 20 years,” Hamilton says.