Have your say on Willowbank Road proposal

Last updated on 10 May 2023

Council is inviting community feedback on a combined planning scheme amendment and planning application that would see a long-envisaged development of commercial land on Willowbank Road to service the needs of residents in Gisborne’s south.

The proponent-led application seeks to rezone vacant residential land at 101-105 Willowbank Road in Gisborne to a small commercial zone, to provide localised shopping and services to a growth area earmarked by Council for such a development since 2009.

Plans for the site include a small supermarket, a medical centre, office and two cafés, along with 57 car parking spaces. Sustainable features include on-site power generation through rooftop solar, use of recycled materials, storm water capture and retention, and an electric vehicle charging station.

Council’s Director Planning and Environment, Rebecca Stockfeld, said the proposed development would prioritise active transport such as walking and cycling, enabling residents to more easily access basic shopping needs and reduce car dependency.

“A commercial offering has been a long-term strategic vision for this area,” she said. “Having localised options will help service the needs of the growing population, complementing what Gisborne’s town centre currently provides.”

The development would also complement existing services in the area, including physiotherapy and osteopathy clinics and an early learning centre.

View the plans for the proposal here, or in-person at Council’s Gisborne and Kyneton service centres. The closing date for submissions is 13 June.

Council will consider all submissions received and appoint an independent Planning Panel if necessary, with a final decision regarding the amendment to be made by the Minister for Planning.