Development can proceed

Developer still has concerns over city's planning process

Local developer Dean Rees will still have to wait for work to proceed on his new business in Ovens Street.

THOUGH his planning application was approved on Tuesday, local developer Dean Rees will still have to wait for work to proceed on his new business in Ovens Street.

Mr Rees, who raised his concerns last month about the political environment at the Rural City of Wangaratta causing planning delays, said he would now have to wait on the availability of tradespeople.

The business – being housed in the former Masonic Hall being redevoped – was initially expected to open on July 1, but the opening may now happen in August or September due to delays involved with the planning application.

“I am pleased with the fact I can get going,” Mr Rees said.

“Hopefully within the next few weeks things will start to take shape.”

However, Mr Rees may have to withdraw from an upcoming business trip to America to oversee the reshuffled building schedule for the $1 million redevelopment of the former Masonic Hall as a lifestyle store and cafe.

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