Media Releases 2011
Dimmeys redevelopment proposal knocked back
23 February 2011
Yarra Council has rejected a planning permit application for a redevelopment of the heritage-protected Dimmeys site in Cremorne.
Council last night resolved that a Notice of Refusal to Grant a Planning Permit be issued to Richmond Icon Pty Ltd for a redevelopment involving a 10-storey residential tower on the Dimmeys site.
Under the proposal, the Dimmeys clocktower and Swan Street façade would have been retained, with 82 residential dwellings provided across the site.
Yarra Mayor Cr Alison Clarke said Council had received more than 370 objections to the proposal.
“The Dimmeys clocktower is a much-loved landmark which we wish to see preserved and protected for all Melbournians,” Cr Clarke said.
“The bar is set high when it comes to redevelopment of this landmark site, and this proposal fails to provide for a high quality architectural outcome,” she said.
“We believe the bulk and height of the 10-storey tower would detract from the visual prominence of the Dimmeys clocktower.
“We are also concerned that the proposed vehicle access into and out of the site would create an unreasonable impact on traffic, car parking and safety.”
Cr Clarke said Heritage Victoria had approved a permit for a slightly-different redevelopment on the site, but the developer needed to obtain planning approval from Council as well.
The developer has 60 days in which to lodge an appeal to VCAT against Council’s decision.
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