Luxury retirement village remains in sight of developer Hengyi after initial plan in Mount Eliza, VIC was rejected

After plans for 105 low-density housing across eight buildings on a heritage-listed former hospital in Mount Eliza, 62km south of Melbourne, were rejected by Victoria Civil and Administrative Court (VCAT) and the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, the developer has a new idea.

Simon Manleygeneral manager of Hengyi Pacific, said The news “the way forward for us is clearer now” and plans for a “luxury retirement village” would be reviewed after the VCAT appeal failed after the initial rejection.

The old Mt Eliza center (built in the 19th century as a family mansion), pool house and chapel would be retained and restored and ‘renovated with respect’ in new plans for the 3.41ha site to come before council .

The $160 million retirement community would be called Beachleigh.

“Our mission to provide development like nothing else is offered in retirement living space is always at the center of our concerns for this site. We look forward to working with the council on the revised master plan submission. when it’s ready, said Simon.

Manley said after VCAT’s ruling that VCAT and council planning officers supported the land being used as a retirement village.

“We have been inundated with inquiries from buyers since the initial launch of the website and will keep them updated on the schedule as it progresses,” he said. “The supply of luxuries for retirees in the area is clearly lacking. We have an aging population that needs a dynamic mix of housing options to enable them to continue living in the area.

At the 2021 census, 43.6% of Mount Eliza’s population was aged 50 and over – an increase from 40.8% at the 2016 census.

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