Media Releases 2011

Community consultation on the Channel Nine site redevelopment begins on 10 February

03 February 2011

Channel 9, RichmondThe six-week community consultation on plans for the redevelopment of Richmond’s Channel Nine site begins next week.

Members of the public will have from Thursday 10 February until Monday 28 March to provide feedback to Council about developer Vivas Lend Lease’s draft Development Plan for the Bendigo Street site.

The draft plan for the site provides for:

  • A predominantly residential development with up to 550 dwellings
  • Buildings reaching up to eight storeys towards the centre of the site, with two - three level townhouses around the edge
  • A 400 m2 community meeting space (which is proposed to be owned and operated by Council)
  • A commitment to meet a 5-star Green Star rating for the residential buildings
  • At least 5% of the homes to be affordable housing (proposed to be owned and managed by registered housing providers).

The draft plan will be exhibited alongside an Amendment to the local planning scheme which would rezone the site from an Industrial 1 Zone to Mixed Use Zone.

Mayor Cr Alison Clarke said the feedback received during the consultation was crucial to informing Council’s next course of action for the redevelopment of the site.

“When Council resolved last December to put the draft plan and amendment out for public comment we made it clear that doing so did not imply our endorsement of the plans,” Cr Clarke said.

“Over the next six weeks, people will be able to examine the detail of Vivas Lend Lease’s revised plan and tell us what they think.

“We will listen to what they have to say and all views, comments and opinions received from the community will be considered before Council decides on an outcome for this site.”

She said Council would consider the feedback and then decide whether to approve the Development Plan and Amendment (with or without changes), abandon the process altogether or refer the submissions to an independent planning panel.

If a panel is appointed, it would hear from submitters and then make recommendations to Council for its consideration.

Due to the significant public interest in this development proposal, the consultation period has been extended to six weeks from the four week cycle usually applied to planning consultations.

Council believed the time extension was appropriate given that once the Development Plan is approved the process will not allow for further third party appeals to VCAT at the planning permit stage.

During the consultation, more information about the draft Development Plan and Amendment documents is available from:

Information Days: informal question and answer sessions will be held at the Channel Nine studios site (22 Bendigo Street) on Saturday 19 February (from 10am to 2pm) and on Wednesday 23 February (from 4pm to 8pm).

Online:  Information will be available on Council’s website by clicking here.

The Amendment documents can also be viewed online at the Department of Planning and Community Development website:

A 3D fly–through and key views animation of the draft Development Plan will be available for viewing on Vivas Lend Lease’s website from 10 February 2011.

Display: Copies of the Amendment and draft Plan are also available to view at Richmond Town Hall 333 Bridge Road, Richmond, Richmond Library 415 Church Street, Richmond and Richmond Community Learning Centre 92–94 Lord Street, Richmond.

Written submissions should be made to Council’s Strategic Planning Department at or by post to Strategic Planning Department, Yarra City Council, PO Box 168 Richmond 3121.


For media enquiries about this issue, please contact:
Toby Walker
Senior Communications Officer
9205 5120, 0408 954 769


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