VCAT rules in favour of two major Melbourne developments

VCAT rules in favour of two major Melbourne developments
VCAT rules in favour of two major Melbourne developments

VCAT has handed down decisions in recent weeks regarding two major developments in Melbourne's suburbs.

Last week the tribunal ruled on a proposal for Brunswick's 8 Ballarat Street. The Plus Architecture-designed apartment building included 147 apartments and 158 car parking spaces as originally submitted; apartments in the 8 level proposal are split between 50 single bedroom and 97 double bedroom options.

Developer 8 Ballarat Street Pty Ltd challenged Moreland City Council's conditions for the substantial development, one of which would have seen the top two floors sheared off the design.

In light of amended plans amended plans prepared by Plus Architecture, the full 8 level form was given the green light, albeit with reworked setbacks across upper levels. 

Now approved, 8 Ballarat Street joins the hundreds of additionally approved apartments across a gamut of residential projects that have yet to be delivered across Brunswick. VCAT's decision may also influence future intentions for the adjoining 10 Ballarat Street which was offered for sale during 2017.

Across a 4,247 square metre land plot, the site's sale was handled by Colliers and came with indicative design also spanning 8 levels.

VCAT rules in favour of two major Melbourne developments
8 Ballarat Street alongside a conceptual 10 Ballarat Street

Meanwhile, VCAT last month also ruled in favour of a major stand-alone Box Hill hotel development.

LongRiver Group can now make good on the prospect of delivering a DoubleTree by Hlton onsite. The Buchan Group's design sees a woven facade over the tower's 25 levels. Expected within the tower are 200 rooms according to Development and Project Manager APP.

VCAT for their part noted that Whitehorse City Council did not object to this proposal on the basis of the appropriateness of the land use, but on grounds relating to the appropriate level of car parking required to service the project.

With conditions ruled upon, the design at 874-878 Whitehorse Road can join LongRiver Group's other Box Hill tower, namely East Central Tower at 820 Whitehorse Road.

VCAT rules in favour of two major Melbourne developments
Buchan Group's woven facade across 874-878 Whitehorse Road

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of He passed away on Thursday 8th of November 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 37. Mark was a keen traveller, having visited all six permanently-inhabited continents and had a love of craft beer. One of his biggest passions was observing the change that has occurred in Melbourne over the past two decades. In that time he built an enormous library of photos, all taken by him, which tracked the progress of construction on building sites from across metropolitan Melbourne.

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