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JAAG PRECINCT PLANNING MATTERS 

NEW PLANNINGPROPOSALS AT:

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24-26 & 28 Chapel Street for a mixed use 20 storey building comprising of dwellings, office, food and drink premises over the railway line at Windsor.

Stonnington Council have refused to grant a planning permit. Watch this space!

And at 28 Wellington Street, St Kilda – there is a proposal to alter the existing building to create 30 self contained community housing units.  Details of the proposal are on the Port Phillip Council website where the planning application is currently at public advertising. Go to: www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

 

If this proposal (application number 507/2017) causes concern, please lodge an objection either on the Port Phillip Council website or by mailing your objection to Port Phillip Council by the 31st October, 2017.

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72 WELLINGTON ST – On the market AGAIN with planning permission

72 Wellington St 2015

A revised planning permit was approved in 2017 to restore Virginia House (3 bedrooms) and build 10 x 2 bed apartments on the site. Expressions of interest close on 24 November 2017.

To read all the history behind this planning application click here.

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

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal recently considered an application to redevelop this site on the east side of St. Kilda Road with a 10 storey (103 unit) residential/commercial building. The proposed building was reduced before the hearing to a 9 storey (93) unit building.  The application was opposed by affected residents of Charnwood Road and Octavia Street and the Port Phillip Council.

On 14 August 2017 VCAT refused the application for a 9 storey building, but granted a permit for a 7 storey building, subject to conditions. The tallest section of the building will be at the St. Kilda Road interface. The building will ‘step down’ towards the east and the Charnwood Road residences, and end with 2 storey ‘townhouses’ with setbacks from them to the nearest Charnwood Road residence of between 6.1 and 8.5 metres. There will be greater setbacks at higher levels.

VCAT based its decision largely on the existing provisions of the Port Phillip Planning Scheme. However, it also took into account the St. Kilda Road South Urban Design and Land Use Framework (Amendment C122), still in draft form. JAAG and the Council have been working on the Framework for a number of years.

VCAT pointed out that the Framework articulates a vision for a graduation in building heights along St. Kilda Road, with the tallest buildings being at the Junction. As part of this vision the Framework specifies a discretionary height limit of 6 storeys for the site, and a 4 storey limit for the terrace of heritage shops to the south. VCAT formed the view that a 9 storey building would not contribute to achieving an overall consistency of scale within the St. Kilda Road streetscape, which is a test which must under the Framework be fulfilled if the 6 storey limit is to be exceeded. It also considered that a 9 storey building would not respect the height of the heritage shops. On the other hand, it felt that a 7 storey building would be a more sympathetic response to the heritage shops.

JAAG believes that VCAT’s decision will be a useful precedent when other development applications are made for the east side of St. Kilda Road. JAAG is also pleased that VCAT decided that it was not reasonable to add parking by visitors to the site to the already high demand for on street parking in Charnwood Road and Charnwood Grove . All visitor parking must be provided for in the building.

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14 Punt Road, Windsor – 113 bed backpacker hostel approved by VCAT (May 2017)

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.  Further to hearings in January and March and requests for detailed plans, VCAT has recently approved the permit at the former Tai Ping cafe at the corner of Punt & Nelson.

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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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