Good news with regard to this development. After lengthy consultations and negotiations between the developer and objectors a compromise has been reached allowing the development to go ahead. This means that a VCAT hearing has been avoided and we have a better development as a result. Council signed off on the amended plans last night and commented that we were mature, community minded citizens, in being prepared to work together for a solution. This is a VERY rare event according to Council Officers and Councillors. Well done to all involved.
Plans for this were lodged prior to Christmas and the developers applied to VCAT before council made their decision. Local residents were not informped and there has been no community consultation. Boroondara Council refused the permit and will be fighting this at VCAT.
A small number of residents have agreed to engage Nick Crawford from TP Legal, a town planning lawyer to present the residents case at the 6 day VCAT hearing on the 30th April.
Contributions are sought to cover this cost from interested residents. Please see this information sheet for further details.
Here’s a big development that has just been submitted. From the council planning application register:
Development and use for 38 dwellings and a shop in a five (5) storey building in a Design and Development Overlay (DDO12), reduction in the standard bicycle and car parking requirements and alteration to a Road Zone Category 1.
The Boroondara council now has documents associated with planning applications available to view on the council website. Users can search for planning applications and then download the pdf documents including plans that were submitted for that application.
This is a huge advance for residents who often cannot make it in to the council offices during business hours to view the plans of developments that may have a major impact on them. According to the council’s news release, the documentation will be available from the date advertising commences and removed once a decision is made.
To view the documents go to the council’s planning register.
One unfortunate side affect of the change to the website is that the harvester used by planningalerts.org.au appears to be broken. I’ll look into fixing this over the weekend.
Part demolition and construction of alterations and additions to existing hotel in a Heritage Overlay and partially in a Special Building Overlay.
Address: 84 Barkers Road HAWTHORN VIC 3122
PP09/00840: Construct 103 apartments contained within a 5 storey building. Use and development for the purpose of an office. Reduction in the provision of car parking for the dwellings food and drink premises and office area. Alter the access to a Category 1 Road Zone (Riversdale Road). Continuation of a Section 3 use offices in the Residential Zone 1 and buildings and works.
Having a look through the Boroondara online planning register I can across this application to for the Glen Arcade to “Change of use to a restricted recreation facility and associated buildings and works and a waver of the standard car parking requirements in a Special Building Overlay”. I’ve got no idea what this means and the online planning register has no information at all. If you know what this is about, please leave a comment.
PP09/00089: Subdivide the land into two (2) lots.
PP09/00083 and PP09/00086: Construct alterations and additions to an existing dwelling on a lot less than 500 square metres.
Application: PP09/00004 Part demolition and construct alterations and additions to an existing dwelling in a Heritage Overlay.