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Planning controls announced for Alphington growth site
04 July 2013
The State Government has approved planning controls that will see the former Amcor paper mill site in Alphington become a mini-suburb for about 3000 residents.
Controls approved by Planning Minister Matthew Guy include a preferred building height of 14 storeys for part of the site located at the corner of Heidelberg Road and Chandler Highway.
“Building heights were one of the key issues for proposed planning controls for the site discussed by Council with the community living around the Amcor site,” Yarra Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky said.
“The community and Council had a clear position that given its site context, development at eight storeys was as high as should be approved for the area at the corner of Chandler Highway and Heidelberg Road. So it is disappointing that the Minister has approved at least 14 storeys in that section of the AMCOR site.
"Disappointing also, is that the Minister omitted to include in the Development Plan Overlay, Council’s and the community’s requests to set out the need for educational facilities.
"Council firmly believes that consideration should be given to a new primary school on the site given 3000 residents are expected to live there. We will continue to pursue this need with relevant State agencies."
Cr Fristacky said it was pleasing however, that maximum building heights had been approved at three to four storeys across 70% of the 16.5 hectare site. At an estimated 1500 dwellings, the development could be smaller than Council initially expected.
“Another point to note, is the requirement in the approved Development Plan Overlay, for development to be set back at least 40 metres from the Yarra River. Whilst this is slightly short of the 50 metres requested by Council, it is a positive outcome,” she said.
“Council is also pleased that five per cent of housing stock will be set aside for affordable housing, which was in line with Council’s request for the Overlay.
“The site has been on the market for some years since being decommissioned; it is welcome that having been sold on the basis of an approved Development Plan Overlay, it is on the path for suburban development, rather than remaining vacant, “ Cr Fristacky said.
“We have to remember that these planning controls are just a framework to guide future development.
“The real test of that framework will come when a detailed development plan for the site is prepared for Council’s approval.”
Once a development plan has been received, the community will have 28 days to provide feedback before Council makes its decision to approve the plan, or request further changes.
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