Media Releases 2012

Council to oppose 13-storey development in Richmond

13 March 2012

Richmond Station Swan Street

Yarra Council will argue strongly against the granting of a permit for a 13-storey development in Richmond at an upcoming VCAT hearing.

Mantello Property Investment No1 Pty Ltd has taken its application for the 90-unit development in Stewart Street to VCAT after Council failed to determine the application within 60 days.

Mayor Cr Geoff Barbour said Council’s lawyers would put forward a strong case for opposing the development at the eight-day VCAT hearing in May.

Cr Barbour said Council’s planning officers had determined last week that, if Council had still been in a position to decide on the application, Council would have refused to issue a permit.

“More than 140 people have objected to this proposal which indicates how out of step the proposal is with community parameters for redevelopment,” Cr Barbour said.

“The justification seems to be that because the development is near a train station, the usual sensitivities to height and bulk should go out the window,” he said.

“However, this site falls within both a heritage area and an area where many people live.

“This proposal doesn’t respect the existing neighbourhood character, its height and scale would dominate its heritage surrounds and its residents would be able to overlook into some neighbouring properties.”

Cr Barbour said Council also believed the proposal provided for an excessive amount of on-site car parking.

He said Council aimed to determine applications within the statewide 60 days time limit, but sometimes this was not possible.

Council provided 28 days for community feedback on major applications, and time was also needed for follow up consultation meetings between objectors and developers and for feedback from external bodies such as VicRoads.

In a recent submission to a State Government review into the planning system, Yarra suggested that Councils should have up to 100 days to decide on major developments.


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