Channel 9 site, Richmond

Channel 9, Richmond

In late March 2012, the Planning Minister approved Amendment C104 to the Yarra Planning Scheme, which will enable the redevelopment of the former Channel 9 site in Bendigo Street, Richmond.

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The Amendment, which came into effect on 12 April 2012, makes the following changes to the Yarra Planning Scheme:

  • Removes reference to the site being a core industrial area and identifies it as a strategic redevelopment site;
  • Rezones the site to a Mixed Use Zone (from Industrial 1 Zone)
  • Applies a Development Plan Overlay (DPO Schedule 5)
  • Applies the Environmental Audit Overlay (EAO)

Council had asked the Minister to approve an Amendment which would specify a maximum height of six storeys rather than the eight storeys proposed by developer Lend Lease.

However, the Planning Minister has written to Council advising that he has approved the Amendment with no restrictions on heights. The Minister said he had approved the Amendment in line with the recommendations of an independent planning panel/advisory committee appointed to hear submissions about the Amendment and draft Development Plan.


The approved Amendment does not reflect other changes also sought by Council including:

  • Reference to the Channel Nine Site Design and Development Principles, 21 October 2008
  • A statement about retaining Moore Street as a deadend street for pedestrians and bicycles, and
  • Applying the provision of affordable housing and adaptable or fully accessible housing to 5% of all dwellings, not just apartments as proposed by the Panel

Council is still hopeful that developer Lend Lease will reduce the maximum height of its development to six storeys. Here is a media release issued by Council after the Minister's approval of the plans.

For the development to proceed, a detailed planning permit will still need to be submitted to Council for approval.

Here is more information on matters to do with the redevelopment of the Channel 9 site:

Council resolution from 20 December 2011 meeting
Amendment documents and revised Development Plan
Panel report
Expert evidence called at panel hearing
Background information (e.g. Design & Development Principles, decisions about the planning process, changes to the Development Plan)
Planning permit for excavation works
Demolition works 

 

Council resolution from 20 December 2011 meeting

Here is the resolution of the Council meeting of 20 December 2011:

1. That Council, having considered the report of the combined Panel and Advisory Committee appointed by the Minister for Planning to consider Amendment C104 to the Yarra Planning Scheme and a draft Development Plan for the Channel Nine site in Bendigo Street, Richmond:

(a) adopts Amendment C104 with a revised Schedule 5 to the Development Plan Overlay as shown in Attachment 4; but with changes as follows:

(i) under Built Form on page 6 – add height expressed in RLs to a maximum height of 6 storeys;

(ii) under Affordable and Accessible Housing: - revise second dot point to read “provision of affordable housing representing 5% of the total number of dwellings to be developed for transfer to a registered housing association”; and revise third dot point to delete the word “apartment”;

(iii) on page 4 – under access and movement – add additional point “retain Moore Street as a deadend street for pedestrians and bicycles”;

(b) requests the Minister for Planning, pursuant to section 35 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, to approve Amendment C104 to the Yarra Planning Scheme.

2. That subject to the approval of Amendment C104 by the Minister for Planning, Council approves the revised Development Plan, December 2011 as shown in Attachment 5, including the Integrated Transport Plan, November 2001 as shown in Attachment 6 (with the exception of the Green Travel Plan) and the Community Facilities Analysis Plan, November 2011 as shown in Attachment 7, subject to satisfactory changes being made to those plans in response to the revised schedule to DPO.

3. That Council continues discussions with Lend Lease to finalise the section 173 agreement required for the provision of the community facility as part of the proposed development.

4. That Council again notes the commitments from Lend Lease to the following:

(a) to deliver a new multi-purpose community centre at the Channel Nine site on behalf of the City of Yarra and that the Centre will be owned and operated by the City of Yarra;

(b) to make a financial contribution towards public open space in accordance with the provisions of the Yarra Planning Scheme; and

(c) to provide a bank guarantee of $50,000 to the City of Yarra towards future public transport improvement to Bridge Road and Swan Street.

5. That further discussions be held between the developer and Council seeking to retain as many as possible of the 36 mature trees identified by the East Richmond Residents' Association, in order to retain local tree canopy and habitat for wildlife while new trees are established.

6. That Council advises all submitters of its decision and thanks them for their comments and submissions relating to the future of the former Channel Nine site.




Amendment documents and revised Development Plan

The documents considered by Council at its meeting on 20 December 2011 are provided below. The documents include a report from Council officers, the Planning Scheme Amendment documents and the revised Development Plan.

Please note: The Revised Schedule to the Development Plan Overlay includes highlighted changes from the independent planning panel which considered the redevelopment. Council made several subsequent changes to the Revised Schedule but these are yet to be included in the document below. To find out about these changes, please refer above to the resolution of Council's 20 December 2011 meeting.

pdf format Council officers' report to 20 December 2011 meeting (63.76kB)
pdf format Channel 9 site - Amendment Documents.pdf (1.44 MB)
pdf format Channel 9 site - Revised Schedule to the Development Plan Overlay.pdf (599.76 KB)

pdf format Lend Lease - Integrated Transport Plan .pdf (2.45 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease - Community Facilities Analysis Plan.pdf (2.77 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease - Summary of Amendments.pdf (32.02 KB)

pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part One).pdf (1.31 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Two).pdf (1.47 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Three).pdf (1,004.43 KB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Four).pdf (1.35 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Five).pdf (1.01 MB) 
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Six).pdf (2.58 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Seven).pdf (254.93 KB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Eight).pdf (1,012.49 KB) 
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Nine).pdf (295.96 KB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Ten).pdf (1.07 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Eleven).pdf (1.03 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Twelve).pdf (1.03 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Thirteen).pdf (1.36 MB) 
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Fourteen).pdf (2.49 MB) 
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Fifteen).pdf (1.30 MB) 
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Sixteen).pdf (1.83 MB)
pdf format  Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Seventeen).pdf (2.66 MB) 
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Eighteeen).pdf (1.23 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Nineteen).pdf (1.18 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Twenty).pdf (1.22 MB) 
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Twenty-one).pdf (1.17 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Twenty-two).pdf (1.34 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Twenty-three).pdf (1.37 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Twenty-four).pdf (1.72 MB)
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Twenty-five).pdf (1.58 MB) 
pdf format Lend Lease Development Plan (Part Twenty-six).pdf (1.05 MB) 

 

Panel report

In October 2011, an independent planning panel and advisory committee set up to review Lend Lease's proposed 550-dwelling development of Richmond's Channel 9 site recommended the development be approved.

The joint panel/committee recommended some changes to developer Lend Lease's original proposal, including increasing the setbacks of some buildings and changing some parking and traffic arrangements.

Council asked the Minister for Planning to establish the panel so the panel could consider more than 100 submissions made by local community members about the proposed redevelopment. The submissions raised concerns about matters such as building height, traffic and parking. The submissions were received when Council called for community feedback on the proposal in early 2011.

Here is a Council media release about the panel report. 

Here is the report in two different formats:

docx format Independent Planning Panel/Committee Report - Channel 9 (423.76kB)
pdf format Independent Planning Panel/Committee Report - Channel 9 (713.85kB)


Expert evidence called at panel hearing 

At the panel hearing, Council and the site's owner (and proposed developer) Lend Lease called expert evidence from various consultants. Here is the evidence that was called:

Expert evidence for Council

 pdf format Arup Traffic Transport Evidence.pdf (1.96MB)

Expert evidence for Lend Lease

pdf format Cardno Traffic Statement of Evidence.pdf (1.97MB) 
pdf format David Lock Associates Urban Design Evidence.pdf (1.78MB) 
pdf format Galbraith Trees Evidence.doc (1,023.00kB) 
pdf format Galbraith Trees Evidence (342.12kB) 
pdf format GTA Transport Impact Evidence.pdf (3.64MB) 
pdf format Matrix Planning Policy Issues Evidence.pdf (510.22kB) 
pdf format Oculus Landscape Statement of Evidence Part 1.pdf (147.74kB) 
pdf format Oculus Landscape Statement of Evidence Part 2.pdf (2.68MB) 
pdf format Oculus Landscape Statement of Evidence Part 3.pdf (1.65MB) 
pdf format Oculus Landscape Statement of Evidence Part 4.pdf (1.89MB) 
pdf format Urbis Planning Evidence Part 1.pdf (1.60MB) 
pdf format Urbis Planning Evidence Part 2.pdf (1.77MB) 

 

Planning permit for excavation works

In early October 2011, Council issued a planning permit to Lend Lease to undertake excavation works at the Channel 9 site. Prior to issuing the permit, Council sought community feedback on the application. Council did not receive any objections to the application from the community.

Council's decision on the planning permit application was assessed independently of its assessment of the proposal for a major redevelopment on the site. Counci's decision to grant the permit had no bearing on its decision regarding the redevelopment.

Lend Lease wished to undertake the works to prepare the site for redevelopment. In a letter to surrounding residents about the permit application, Lend Lease said: "the Channel 9 site contains uncontrolled fill material, which is commonly found in former industrial areas of Richmond. To enable the future development and use of the site, this fill will be excavated, stockpiled and classified to determine its suitability for reuse on site or disposal off site". Lend Lease said environmental engineer Golder Associates would coordinate the works, while an EPA-appointed auditor would oversee and approve the remediation of the site to ensure it was appropriate for residential use.

For more information, contact Danielle Connell, Coordinator - Statutory Planning, on 9205 5373 or at Danielle.Connell@yarracity.vic.gov.au



Demolition works

Separately to the proposed redevelopment, Lend Lease undertook demolition works at the site in mid-2011. The company decided to undertake the works to prepare the site for redevelopment. A private building surveyor issued the demolition permit for the works. There was no requirement for Lend Lease to get a planning permit from Council for the demolition works.

The buildings to be demolished were in the area bounded by Khartoum, Stawell, Bendigo, Jago and Wertheim streets. They included former storage facilities, dressing rooms, cottages, and a former studio. The buildings to be demolished are not heritage-protected. Trucks were expected to exit and enter the site via Bendigo and Khartoum streets. The works were expected to occur between the standard construction hours in Yarra of 7am- 6pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-3pm on Saturday. For more information, Lend Lease advises residents to contact Site Manager Ian Collins on 0411 026 824.


Further Information
Sherry Hopkins
Coordinator – Strategic Planning
9205 5374
Sherry.Hopkins@yarracity.vic.gov.au 

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