46-74 Stanley Street and 25-35 Napoleon Street, Collingwood

In late September 2012, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) approved amended plans for a 227 unit development (with three towers of seven, eight and nine storeys) in Collingwood. on the site of 46-70 Stanley Street and 25-35 Napoleon Street, Collingwood.

Under VCAT's order, Council issued a permit to developer UI Stanley Pty Ltd on 28 September for the 4096 square metre site at 46-70 Stanley Street and 25-35 Napoleon Street.

The permit, with conditions, provides for three towers rising to heights of seven, eight and nine storeys fronting Stanley Street.
Another four storey building will be constructed fronting Napoleon Street. 

Applicant UI Stanley Street Pty Ltd appealed to VCAT against Council's failure to determine the application within 60 days.

VCAT conducted a three-day hearing into the application between 3 and 5 September before issuing its order on 25 September.

The full VCAT order can be viewed in this document: pdf format 46-74 Stanley Street VCAT Order (247.58 KB)

VCAT Order

Building heights

Prior to the hearing, the applicant attempted to address many of Council’s conditions, including the deletion of the two easternmost dwellings in level 3 of the Napoleon Street building and the commitment to one car share space on the site. However, the tower heights remained unchanged.

VCAT ordered that Council issue a permit that provides for 227 apartments-style dwellings on the 4096 square metre site.
The apartments will be housed in three 15 metre wide towers of seven, eight and nine storeys fronting Stanley Street and a four storey building fronting Napoleon Street.

Council had sought a maximum of six storeys for the buildings fronting Stanley Street.

Tribunal members Sam Cimino and Ann Keddie concluded that the fromer industrial site possessed attributes that favoured high density residential development, and that it would not dominate the nearby Foy and Gibson complex. 

"In our view, it is indisputable that the State Planning Policy Framework and Local Planning Policy Framework provide strong support for the redevelopment of the subject land for higher density housing and contemplate a taller built form, above the low-rise fabric that comprises most parts of Yarra."

Impact on neighbours and local amenity

Council, via IDAC, sought the deletion of the dwellings located on the north-west corner of the western tower at levels 4 and 5 to increase sunlight penetration to the private open space of the dwellings in 34-44 Stanley Street.
The Applicant elected an alternative whereby the wing wall above the westernmost townhouse was setback 3m as opposed to 2.55 metres from the south boundary wall of 34-44 Stanley Street.  
VCAT accepted this alternative to improve daylight access.

Car and bicycle parking 

The permit has allowed for a reduction of car parking from 219 on-site spaces, with 138 spaces for all two and three bedroom apartments, and 61 spaces allocated to one bedroom dwellings.

A minimum of three visitor spaces, one car share space, one accessible bay and 14 motorcycle parking bays are also to be provided.
One staff parking space for an associated cafe is also to be provided.

A minimum of 222 bicyle parking spaces are also to be provided.

The requirement to provide a loading bay on the site was waived by VCAT.

Cafe

Plans approved by VCAT also provide for a small cafe at the site.
The cafe is can operate between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week, and may contain only 20 seats unless Council approves changes to that limit.

Here is more information on:

Council's position
Changes to original plans
Amended plans and supporting documents
Original plans

 

Council's position

In June 2012, the redevelopment was considered by Council's Internal Development Approvals Committee.

The committee determined that if Council had been in a position to decide on the application, it would have approved the redevelopment with some major changes. These changes included reducing the Stanley Street building to six storeys and the Napoleon Street building to four storeys. To find out about the conditions that Council wishes to see included as part of the permit, see Page 12 of the minutes of the 13 June IDAC meeting.


Changes to original plans

In early 2012, Council sought community feedback on amended plans for the redevelopment. Developer UI Stanley Street Pty Ltd changed its original plans to take on board feedback from objectors and Council. These amended plans are the plans that will be considered by VCAT.

The main changes to the original plans were:

  • The number of proposed dwellings was reduced from 339 to 246
  • The number of car parking spaces was reduced to 216 (with 246 bicycle spaces and 14 motorcycle spaces proposed). The applicant is seeking a reduction in the standard car parking provision.
  • Two units north-east of 34-44 Stanley Street (levels 2 and 3) were deleted
  • There was greater separation provided between tower elements and along the east-west axis
  • Plant equipment screens were depicted on the new plans.

More detailed information on the proposal is available in the documents below.

You may also view the planning application and all supporting documentation at Council's Statutory Planning counter at the Richmond Town Hall (333 Bridge Road, Richmond), on Monday-Friday from 8.30am-5pm and until 6pm on Tuesdays.



Amended plans and supporting documents

pdf format Urban Context Report (Part One) (1.16 MB)
pdf format Urban Context Report (Part Two) (1.43 MB)
pdf format Urban Context Report (Part Three) (1.23 MB)
pdf format Urban Context Report (Part Four) (1.00 MB)
pdf format Urban Context Report (Part Five) (1.66 MB)
pdf format Urban Context Report (Part Six) (2.84 MB)
pdf format Urban Context Report (Part Seven) (1.11 MB)
pdf format Urban Context Report (Part Eight) (2.64 MB)

pdf format Town Planning and Urban Context Report (Part One) (2.53 MB)
pdf format Town Planning and Urban Context Report (Part Two) (2.31 MB)

pdf format Architectural Drawings (Part One) (2.69 MB)
pdf format Architectural Drawings (Part Two) (2.77 MB)
pdf format Architectural Drawings (Part Three) (2.19 MB)
pdf format Architectural Drawings (Part Four) (1.98 MB)
pdf format Architectural Drawings (Part Five) (2.63 MB)
pdf format Architectural Drawings (Part Six) (2.65 MB)
pdf format Architectural Drawings (Part Seven) (2.12 MB)

pdf format Landscape Report (Part One) (1.79 MB)
pdf format Landscape Report (Part Two) (2.41 MB)
pdf format Landscape Report (Part Three) (2.03 MB)
pdf format Landscape Report (Part Four) (2.00 MB)
pdf format Landscape Report (Part Five) (1.85 MB)


pdf format Response to Yarra Council heritage advice (77.56 KB)
pdf format Traffic and Transport Assessment  (1.78 MB)

pdf format Sustainable Management Plan (1,001.28 KB)
pdf format House Energy Rating Report (881.93 KB)

pdf format Waste Management Plan (311.13 KB)
pdf format Wind Effect Statement (1.35 MB)

 

Original plans

Please find below the original plans and supporting documents:


Further information
Sarah Thomas
Principal Planner
9205 5005
Sarah.Thomas@yarracity.vic.gov.au

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