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A Warrnambool private school and land around it will be rezoned under a plan backed by the city council, but that doesn’t mean more housing lots are on the way, yet. The planning scheme is set to be amended so King’s College’s Balmoral Road site, and the neighbouring houses in Royal Court, can be be rezoned from public use to residential land. Cr Ben Blain said the amendment would just bring King’s College in line with the other private schools in the region. “All the private schools in Warrnambool and a lot of the surrounding district are general residential zone one,” he said. “This will bring King’s College in line with the other private schools across Warrnambool.” But a request to put a development plan overlay on the land was knocked back. Cr Blain said the council decided against the move because it would mean any future development of the site would be exempt from public consultation. “I think this is a really wise move from the officers because I do think it’s important to give the community the opportunity to have input on any potential future site developments around King’s College,” he said. Land along Royal Court was subdivided in 2013 and the housing lots have since been sold and developed. “The 2013 Royal Court subdivision was strongly objected to by residents in the nearby vicinity,” the council said. “The proponent has indicated the intention to further subdivide land from the school ownership which would be developed for residential purposes.” But King’s College principal Allistair Rouse said there were no immediate plans to sell or subdivide land. He said the college had engaged Myers Planning to assist in the development a master plan for the site in 2019 to guide planning and future facility development for student use. The master plan also guides use of any surplus land for either shared community use or sale, he said. “Within the master plan there is provision for some shared community use as well as the sale and sub-division of surplus land should the college board decide to pursue that,” Mr Rouse said. “There are no immediate plans to sell or subdivide any land, only provision for that within the master plan.” The move to rezone the land was an attempt by the college was to correct an incorrect zoning of the land. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content: CORONAVIRUS STORIES: We have removed our paywall from our stories about the coronavirus. This is a rapidly changing situation and we aim to make sure our readers are as informed as possible. If you would like to support our journalists you can subscribe here. Have you signed up to The Standard’s daily newsletter and breaking news emails? You can register below and make sure you are up to date with everything that’s happening in the south-west.

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A Warrnambool private school and land around it will be rezoned under a plan backed by the city council, but that doesn’t mean more housing lots are on the way, yet.

The planning scheme is set to be amended so King’s College’s Balmoral Road site, and the neighbouring houses in Royal Court, can be be rezoned from public use to residential land.

Cr Ben Blain said the amendment would just bring King’s College in line with the other private schools in the region.

“All the private schools in Warrnambool and a lot of the surrounding district are general residential zone one,” he said.

“This will bring King’s College in line with the other private schools across Warrnambool.”

But a request to put a development plan overlay on the land was knocked back.

Cr Blain said the council decided against the move because it would mean any future development of the site would be exempt from public consultation.

“I think this is a really wise move from the officers because I do think it’s important to give the community the opportunity to have input on any potential future site developments around King’s College,” he said.

Land along Royal Court was subdivided in 2013 and the housing lots have since been sold and developed.

“The 2013 Royal Court subdivision was strongly objected to by residents in the nearby vicinity,” the council said.

“The proponent has indicated the intention to further subdivide land from the school ownership which would be developed for residential purposes.”

But King’s College principal Allistair Rouse said there were no immediate plans to sell or subdivide land.

He said the college had engaged Myers Planning to assist in the development a master plan for the site in 2019 to guide planning and future facility development for student use.

The master plan also guides use of any surplus land for either shared community use or sale, he said.

“Within the master plan there is provision for some shared community use as well as the sale and sub-division of surplus land should the college board decide to pursue that,” Mr Rouse said.

“There are no immediate plans to sell or subdivide any land, only provision for that within the master plan.”

The move to rezone the land was an attempt by the college was to correct an incorrect zoning of the land.

Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:

We have removed our paywall from our stories about the coronavirus. This is a rapidly changing situation and we aim to make sure our readers are as informed as possible. If you would like to support our journalists you can subscribe here.

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