Producers of The Block have pulled the pin on plans to build their 20th season in Daylesford due to permit issues.
Five homes were due to be built from the ground up on a site at 1 Raglan Street Daylesford but the Herald Sun now reports permit issues were behind a decision to pull up stumps. They were due to sit amid a larger development site owned by Hygge Property called ‘Middleton Field’ for which it intends to place more than 60 new homes.
Plans for the proposed site had been approved by the Hepburn Shire earlier this year but were challenged in VCAT and were then referred to the Planning Minister with a request for an accelerated decision.
Architect Julian Brenchley did not confirm the production had abandoned the site, but told The Age The Block had a policy of walking away from sites that became embroiled in tribunal disputes.
“We’ve had so many successful series in so many different locations, but we don’t go where we are not welcome,” one production insider said.
“Especially for the 20th series of The Block, which is so important.”
At Nine’s Upfront presentation this past week no location was confirmed, with Scott Cam only referring to “big” plans for a 20th season.
The loss to the Daylesford community will amount to $500,000 in accommodation for crew and prospective employment for locals trades and businesses.
The Block is believed to now be considering a couple of possible locations in inner Melbourne.
“I do think they wouldn’t say they are out of Daylesford without being confident they had somewhere else to go,” a production source said.
To meet its on air target, potentially as mid August 2024, filming for 12 weeks is due to begin from late February.