Media Releases 2010

Major Abbotsford housing development gets green light

14 April 2010

Yarra Council last night approved a $150 million predominately residential development in Victoria Street, Abbotsford.

Yarra Mayor Cr Jane Garrett said the Council issued a Notice of Decision to Grant a Planning Permit to Hamton JV for the 586-apartment development at 677-679 Victoria Street, Abbotsford (also known as the Honeywell site).

Under the approved plans, two existing office buildings will be replaced with a mixed use development comprising of a 3-4 level podium with three separate buildings above, rising up to 11 storeys on Victoria Street.

There will be two restaurants, a café, office suites, medical centre, and convenience shop. A new cyclist and pedestrian pathway from Victoria Street through to the Yarra River and the Capital City Trail will be created.

Council increased the originally proposed setbacks from the Yarra River and Victoria Street, and deleted plans for a wine bar at the top of the 11th storey due to concerns about noise impacting on residents across the river.

Hamton JV has signalled an intention to apply for Federal Government funding under the National Rental Scheme to provide 180 of the apartments as affordable rental properties.

Cr Garrett said the approved development met local and state planning guidelines, and was in line with Council’s identification of the site as a Strategic Redevelopment Site several years ago.

“As Melbourne’s population continues to increase, Council needs to be responsible and strategic in how we ensure housing needs are met,” Cr Garrett said.

“This site, which is close to existing infrastructure such as public transport, has consistently been identified by successive Yarra Councils, including this current Council, as being suitable for higher density development,” she said.

“Directing higher density development towards strategic redevelopment sites reduces the pressure for intensive developments in Yarra’s heritage and low-rise residential areas, and in the green wedges outside our City.”

Cr Garrett said Council had referred the application to several Government bodies for their comment, including Melbourne Water and VicRoads. All had given conditional support, with Melbourne Water requiring a substantial reduction in the size of the development’s jetty.


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