The Huntly property.

A PROPOSAL to build a large housing estate in Huntly will come before the City of Greater Bendigo next week, earlier than the council expected.

It’s due to a VCAT case instigated by the developer because the former had failed to determine the application in the statutory timeframe.

But the council said it was awaiting the decision of a separate VCAT process through which the developer hoped to get access to an easement for access and service to the 137-lot subdivision.

The council agenda noted the developer did not wait until the end of the VCAT case to acquire the easement before it appealed in June the council’s failure to determine the application.

The developer won the case to access the easement.

Council’s planning coordinator Peter O’Brien said he would have recommended granting the planning permit regardless of the VCAT appeal.

“The proposed subdivision is for a maximum of 137 lots to be undertaken in six stages,” Mr O’Brien wrote in his report in the agenda.

“The majority of the lots range in size between 308 square metres and 704 square metres.

“Four super lots will be created which measure between 2376 square metres and 6274 square metres.

“The super lots will be developed further, in the future, for medium density housing and would be subject to separate planning permit applications.”