AN IVANHOE school principal says his students’ education could be affected if Banyule Council rejects changes to its building plans.
Ivanhoe Grammar School principal Rod Fraser
lodged an amendment to an existing development plan to enable the school to add to its year 7 building.
But the council was divided about whether to accept the amendment.
The councillors voted to defer their decision until the next council meeting.
Mr Fraser said students would have to wait three or four years for the new building, if the council rejected the amendment.
“We are in the process of bringing in a new learning program, which needs the proposed facility for its different learning
spaces,” Mr Fraser said.
“(If rejected) ... we will have to wait for a new development plan to be written up by the council in the next two years before we could put in the redevelopment plans. It means we couldn’t commence the extensions
for the next three or more years.”
The council’s director of city development, Scott Walker, said that while the council officers supported the redevelopment of the building, they needed to consider whether the proposal should be assessed
in a longer-term, five-year plan, which would be included in a new development plan.