Latrobe City Council rejects ULAB recycling facility

Latrobe City Council has rejected an application for a planning permit for the construction of a Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) recycling facility, proposed for Hazelwood North.

Council voted to not issue a planning permit application for the ULAB recycling facility at a Special Council Meeting on 17 September.

Council decided that the Used Lead Acid Battery recycling facility did not meet the requirements of the Latrobe City Planning Scheme. The decision was made on planning grounds including taking into consideration amenity impacts.

Council received 123 submissions to the proposal and listened to over 35 speakers who addressed the Special Council Meeting.

Council assessed the application against the Latrobe Planning Scheme and referred it to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

The EPA issued a Works Approval with conditions for the ULAB recycling facility, however that decision does not influence Council’s determination, as Council was required to consider the proposal under the Planning and Environment Act.

The applicant has the right to appeal Council’s decision at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

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