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72 WELLINGTON ST – Revised plans lodged at Council

The owner has activated the 2nd Application which includes retaining the heritage home and building 11 additional 3 storey apartments with basement car parking and access from the Crimea Street lane to the east.  Plans lodged at Council by applicant – official close on 18/12/16.

72 Wellington St 2015

June 2016 – VCAT refused Planning Application 776/2014 on 6/6/16 – a great outcome particularly on the heritage front! JAAG members are delighted that VCAT refused a planning permit that included demolition of the existing heritage dwelling and outbuildings and construction of a three storey building of 21 apartments above a basement car park. To read all the history behind this planning application click here.

54-60 St Kilda Road, St Kilda (corner Charnwood Rd, former Royal Flying Doctor Service)

58 objections were received by Council to the planning application for a 10 storey building of 103 dwellings, 3 retail/café tenancies, car parking shortfall, waiver of loading bay requirement, and altered access to road at 54 St Kilda Road, St Kilda (currently a 2 storey office building at the corner Charnwood Road).

The VCAT Practice Day Hearing was held 28 October with a Compulsory Hearing on 15 December 2016 and the Final Hearing from 27 February 2017 for five days. Additional plans requested by VCAT. Decision pending.

14 Punt Road, Windsor – for 113 bed backpacker hostel

31 objections were received by Council for the planning application for a 113 bed backpackers with building works including part demolition at 14 Punt Road, Windsor (former Tai Ping cafe at the corner of Punt & Nelson St).

The VCAT Practice Day Hearing was held 28 October with a Compulsory Hearing on 19 January 2017 and the Final Hearing from 6 March 2017 for three days. VCAT has requested updated plans dealing internal demolition and alterations to the existing building. Decision pending.


Another Electronic Major Promotional Sign for St Kilda Junction!

Punt Rd

Unfortunately neither of the local councils covering St Kilda Junction (Stonnington and Port Phillip) or the State Government have stepped up to formulate a master plan for it. Consequently its development continues to be dominated by more and more promotional signage. An application for yet another, perched on the roof of the small building at the north east corner of Punt Road and Queensway (30 Punt Road – pictured), was recently approved by VCAT (10 year permit) in spite of calls for higher urban design standards by the City of Stonnington and JAAG members.

JAAG will continue to advocate for better outcomes at the Junction in spite of the inertia of responsible authorities and commercial pressures for inappropriate development.

In May 2016, Stonnington Council refused the permit for a major promotion sign on the roof of the existing building at 30 Punt Road (corner of Punt Rd & Albert St). The proposed sign measures 11m x 3.m oriented towards the junction. The sign is designed to curve around the site’s southwest boundary and is proposed to operate 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

In 2015 VCAT approved a permit for a 9 storey predominantly residential building at this site (Planning Application at Stonnington Council (no 1094/14) ) comprising of 30 dwellings and 2 offices with 35 car parks & 21 bicycle spaces.  A 14 storey planning application was refused by VCAT in August, 2013. See related article  VCAT’s NO to 30 Punt Road tower


26 storey tower at 8 Punt Road (and 3 Wellington Street) St Kilda


Hundreds of St Kida residents had their hopes dashed with the news on 19 August 2016 that VCAT has granted a permit for a 26-storey skyscraper which incorporates a 717 m2 Integrated Digital Façade major promotional sign  – smack on St Kilda Junction.  At the VCAT hearing conducted in late June –a team of 12 St Kilda Junction residents presented eight well thought out and researched submissions together with Council also opposing it. Additional submissions objecting from the owner and tenant of 14-16 Punt Road (an adjacent heritage building); Pace Group – in respect of overshadowing and overlooking Icon building opposite; and David Brand (former Councillor and Architect) were made.

Earlier this year more than 100 residents strongly objected to Port Phillip Council and then VCAT that the 95 metre (300m ft) tower, which is 8 levels higher than the adjacent Icon (Lego) building, with 203 apartments is site overdevelopment, it creates adverse amenity and traffic impacts as well as overall built form impact on St Kilda Junction. For more details click here.

Clearly the ‘planning’ gap at St Kilda Junction that let the Icon (Lego) building through remains and until the St. Kilda Road South Urban Design and Land Use Framework (Amendment C122) is approved and activated inappropriate high-rise developments like 8 Punt Road will continue to get through this ‘planning’ gap.

This related article was published in The Age on 24 August 2016 http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/-gr0a4y.html

For more information on the VCAT decision:  see attached VCAT decision  P445 2016 Drekoncile Pty Ltd v Port Phillip CC (19-08-16)


Tavern application for 3& 5 Chapel St (former laundromat next to Astor).

Use of land for the sale and consumption of liquor (on premises licence) in association with use of the land as a tavern and waiver of car parking requirements.  The proposal will essentially operate as a café during the day, before becoming a bar in the evening, Monday to Sunday, i.e. seven days per week, from 7:00 am to 1:00 am (the following day).   Liquor will be sold and consumed on the premises only from 11:00 am.

There will be a maximum of 73 patrons on the premises at any one time. No music other than lightly amplified background music is proposed. While patrons will have the option of having a drink without food, light snacks will be served during operating hours.  City of Port Phillip Planning Department application number 650/2016. Council granted a permit subject to conditions.


2 St Kilda Road, St Kilda 


Dec 2016 – Council approved a permit for an on premises licence for 40 patrons at Barber shop at the Icon. (Like a ‘speak easy’ barber/bar).

Sept 2015 –  Plans for the restaurant were amended to 2 ground level shops and a restaurant (currently open only during the day).

April 2015 – Licensed restaurant for 160 with indoor/outdoor/footpath seating proposed for St Kilda Junction to operate 7 days a week from 6.30 am to midnight.  This planning application was settled 23 April at VCAT with removal of the pavement seating and reinstatement of the landscape to this area.  The hours of trading are from 6.30 a.m. to 10.30 pm with liquor allowed to be served between 11.00 am to 10.30 am to indoor area and no liquor served after 10 pm to a small outdoor section just inside the Wellington Street boundary of the building.  No amplified music.  7 car spaces provided on-site for staff of the restaurant.

Click  here to read more about the history of this development and other planning matters in the JAAG precinct.


Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee (MRDAC)

JAAG has made a submission to the MRDAC which has been appointed to report on the application of zones that provide for residential development (in metropolitan Melbourne and the four regional cities of Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Latrobe) in the context of managing Melbourne and Victoria’s residential growth in a sustainable manner and improving housing affordability.  JAAG’s submission can be viewed here MRDAC submission.


Click on the link to read about other planning matters in the JAAG precinct 


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