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8 Punt Road

June 2016

Locals  voiced their opposition to proposed massive 26 (revised) storey tower at 8 Punt Road (and 3 Wellington St) St Kilda.

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More than 100 local residents say that this revised 26 storey high tower (excluding plant) development (that is 95.59m AHD + 10m to top of roof) yes 8 levels higher than the adjacent Lego/Icon building, complete with its 203 apartments, is simply unacceptable as a reasonable development in our area. It also has a massive 2 storey high digital advertising sign wrapping around three facades at the fourth level overlooking St Kilda junction (on Nelson St, Punt Road & Wellington St). It is also completely inconsistent with the St. Kilda Road South Urban Design and Land Use Framework, adopted by Port Phillip Council last year and still awaiting action from the Planning Minister, which will impose a 10 storey height limit on the site.

VCAT UPDATE – 20 -24 June 2016 – a team of 12 objectors took part in the five day full hearing at VCAT. Eight well thought out and researched submissions were made plus additional submissions from the owner and tenant of 14-16 Punt Road (heritage building adjacent); Pace Group – in respect of overshadowing and overlooking Icon building opposite; and David Brand (former Councillor and Architect).

April 2016

Port Phillip Council received 91 objections to this planning permit.  Each of the objectors registered at Council received a letter from Council (copy attached) explaining that given the complex and controversial nature of the application Council was unable to make a formal decision within the prescribed time of 60 days.  Council has however assessed the application and deemed it inappropriate and had Council made a decision within the prescribed time it would have refused the application for the 13 reasons set out in the letter. CPP – Punt 8-12 (1227-2015) decision advice to objectors.  Also attached is a copy of Council’s Delegate Report. CPP Punt 8-12 (1227-2015) delegate report

The Statement of Grounds for this planning application closed with 50 objectors registered at VCAT. The Practice Day Hearing was held on the 15th April. The Compulsory Conference is to be held on 12 May and the Full Hearing is listed for 5 days from 20 June.

The revised application lodged is for “Buildings and works including construction of a 26 storey building above 6 levels of basement car parking. The development would include 217 dwellings, substantial 4,221 m2 of offices and retail space and car parking for 327 cars”. Permission is also sought by the Applicant for reduction in the number of car parking spaces required by the Planning Scheme. And in a first for a building of this design, the Applicant is asking for a permit to erect Australia’s largest ever digital promotional sign over levels 3 and 4 for billboard advertising.

Feb 2016

3 Wellington StThe application lodged is for “Buildings and works including construction of a 28 storey building above 6 levels of basement car parking. The development would include 286 dwellings, offices, retail premises and car parking for 403 cars”. Permission is also sought for reduction in the number of car parking spaces required by the Planning Scheme and for display of a major digital promotional sign over levels 3 and 4 for billboard advertising.

JAAG is aware of wide community concern that the proposed development is too large, too high and out of character with the two to four storey adjacent hinterland. The proposed digital sign’s size and extent have been underplayed and at the very least the proposed project represents a serious over development on the subject site.

As at the end of February 2016 Council had received 88 objections to the proposed development on the northwest section of JAAG’s precinct.  Council and VCAT are now required ‘(where appropriate) to have regard to the number of objectors in considering whether the use or development may have a significant social effect’. Objections can be received from those residing outside of the City of Port Phillip and can be sent by post or emailed to assist@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Details can be found on the Port Phillip Council’s website.  Notice of an application for a planning permit at the above address was issued on 18 January 2106 and the reference is 1227/2015.

This article appeared in The Age on Tuesday 9 February 2016 quoting JAAG’s own Mike Sabey.  http://m.theage.com.au/victoria/st-kilda-junction-apartment-tower-plan-makes-waves-20160209-gmpmga

 

 

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