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97 ELGIN STREET – St Josephs Retirement Village

 

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.

Capers site on corner of Burwood and Power

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.

 

Documents are not yet available through the website, but keep an eye out for them. Further details here and here.

Boroondara now has planning documents online

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.

Grace Park Bridge

Users of Grace Park will be well aware of the collapse of the pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Hawthorn main drain (which used to be called Hawthorn Creek by the way). The notice displayed talks about a new bridge happening in November (see below). For some reason the council is going to build a temporary bridge that will then be replaced when they provide funding to implement this part of the Grace Park management plan.

Grace Park Notice

It seems very strange that the council cannot bring forward their own plans to redevelop this part of the park and save themselves the cost of building a temporary bridge. We’ll await developments.