Some VCAT facts
Only a small proportion of planning decisions made by councils are appealed to VCAT. Some are made by objectors appealing against a properly based but unpopular decision. Some are by developers, appealing against a refusal that has been motivated by local political concerns rather than proper consideration of the planning scheme. Many councils, faced with hostile objectors, will make a decision to refuse a permit even though a development meets the requirements of the planning scheme. On proper consideration of the matter, VCAT then directs the grant of a permit.
The impression given by Roach that VCAT planning members are somehow beholden to developers is incorrect and a gross insult to the independence of VCAT members, the planners of whom generally have public sector backgrounds. People who complain about VCAT should take the time to learn a little about the planning system and the basis of planning decisions before making unfounded allegations.