Media Releases 2011

Council to oppose 17-storey Abbotsford development

28 July 2011

Traffic in Johnston StreetA proposed 17-storey development in Abbotsford would appear monolithic and should not be approved, Yarra Council decided last night.

Council will argue against the proposed development of the site – which fronts onto both Johnston and Stafford Streets - when the matter is heard by VCAT in September.

In May, applicant Abbotsford Joint Venture Pty Ltd appealed to VCAT against Council’s failure to determine the planning permit application within the required 60 days.

Last night, a meeting of Council’s Internal Development Approvals Committee resolved that if it had been in a position to determine the application, it would have rejected it.

Mayor Cr Alison Clarke said the proposed 204-unit development would be the only high rise building in the immediate neighbourhood, aside from the Collingwood Housing Estate.

“Council’s consistent position for many years has been that while we support redevelopment, we need to protect the mainly low-rise, heritage character and identity of Yarra, “ Cr Clarke said.

“We’re more interested in human scale, European-style density than in towering, windswept, Hong Kong-style density,” she said.

“This development would have a monolithic appearance, and would signal a complete change in the existing character of the neighbourhood.”

More than 85 people had objected to Council against the development, raising concerns about issues such as height, increased traffic and overshadowing.

“The height and density of this development is out of kilter with how Council and the local community would like to see redevelopment occur,” Cr Clarke said.

“There is a need for Johnston Street to be rejuvenated, but it should occur in a way that is respectful of the existing environment,” she said.

Here is more information about the proposed development and the VCAT hearing which begins on Monday 5 September.

For media enquiries about this issue, please contact:
Ainslie Gowan
Coordinator - Communications
9205 5177 / 0400 933 700   



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