Sale of land near historic Woodbine on the outskirts of Port Fairy sparks controversy | The standard


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The sale of a block of farmland surrounding the historic Woodbine property outside of Port Fairy became controversial after the Woodbine owner hung a provocative banner on the side of the heritage listed house. Paul Bridgeford, who has owned Woodbine for 25 years, said he installed the sign – which read “Save Heritage Land” – because he feared the surrounding block would be bought by a developer. IN OTHER NEWS: Falk and Co sales manager Gary Attrill, who sells the block, said Mr Bridgeford was acting in bad faith. “The sign is misleading because the land is zoned rural. This is agricultural land, it has nothing to do with heritage land,” he said. Mr Bridgeford said one of the things that worried him about the sale was the asking price of over $ 2 million. “At this price, there is no way that it can be profitably used as farmland,” he said. The real estate ad is addressed to a buyer looking to build on the land, calling it a “very exciting opportunity” presenting “a variety of opportunities for future development”. Mr Attrill said he spoke to agents from Moyne Shire Council, who told him the land could be divided into three blocks of no more than 10 hectares. He also said that Mr Bridgeford was interested in buying the land himself and that it would be to his advantage if the sale price was low. Mr Bridgeford said his banner had nothing to do with the drop in the selling price. “I don’t think I would be able to buy the property. My main concern is to preserve the character of the surrounding area,” he said. There are significant doubts about the possibility of developing the land. The planning property report for the block shows a number of planning overlays applying to the land as part of the Moyne Shire land use plan, including an environmentally significant overlay, a flood overlay, a flood overlay and a large landscape overlay. Over 40 percent of the land has flood and flood overlays, making any development on these sections costly if approved by council. But the biggest obstacle to any potential development would be the significant overlaying of the landscape, which requires “the maintenance of an open plain surrounding the ‘Woodbine’ estate”. It is unclear what would constitute an “open plain” under the master plan, and to what extent that would prohibit development around Woodbine. Moyne Shire Council interim CEO Kevin Leddin has suggested any discussion of development is premature. “The private plot of land for sale is zoned agricultural, but several overlays are also applied,” he said. “Planning permits would probably be necessary for any development. No application has been made to Moyne Shire City Council for a zoning change or planning permission for this parcel of land. If an application were made in the future, the council would follow the usual processes, which include consultation with the community. work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: