Amendment C223 – Burnley Street

Large blue building on corner of street 

The owners of Harry the Hirer at 81-95 Burnley Street, Richmond are proposing to build a residential and commercial development at the site.

It is currently zoned for industrial uses only. Representatives of Harry the Hirer have requested a rezoning to enable the proposed redevelopment. 

An amendment to the Yarra Planning Scheme is required in order to facilitate the rezoning. We have prepared Amendment C223 for this purpose.

Amendment C223 will shortly be on public exhibition. 

What does the amendment do?

The amendment proposes:

  • a rezoning of this 1.3 hectare site from its current Industrial 3 zoning to Mixed Use
  • a Development Plan Overlay which would require the preparation of a development plan that outlines specific site controls that future planning permits would have to comply with, and
  • an Environmental Audit Overlay which would deal with any potential land contamination.

What does the proposed development include?

The application proposes a mixed use development comprising residential, commercial and open space, with:

  1. around 500 dwellings in six buildings ranging in height between 5 and 7 storeys fronting Appleton Street and up to 12 storeys along Doonside Street;
  2. 576 square metres of public open space facing Doonside Street;
  3. a 9 metre wide pedestrian link which runs through the site from Doonside Street to Appleton Street;
  4. 10% of dwellings to be for affordable housing;
  5. retention of heritage buildings including the entire building at 26 Doonside Street; and
  6. at least 7,000 square metres of commercial / retail floor space (part of which will see the Harry the Hirer administrative headquarters remain on site).

Why is the rezoning required?

The rezoning would allow the site to be redeveloped for residential and some commercial uses. 

The current zoning allows industrial uses but prohibits residential uses.

As well as a rezoning, the amendment would apply a Development Plan Overlay to the site. 

The Development Plan Overlay would determine the planning controls for the proposed development. These controls would apply to this specific site only. 

The overlay would facilitate:  

  1. buildings that respond to the surrounding area and heritage buildings on site
  2. public open space and a pedestrian link
  3. affordable housing
  4. street upgrades as required, and 
  5. commercial floor space to maintain employment on site.

If the amendment is adopted by Council and approved by the Minister for Planning, the Development Plan Overlay will be applied to the site and all future planning permits required for the development will be required to comply with the overlay. 

What stage is this amendment at?

 First step in planning scheme amendment process