Planning

Episode 23 - Docklands, Southbank Boulevard, Infrastructure Victoria and Cranbourne-Clyde

Laurence and I discuss the news in Melbourne this week. We're getting toward the end of 'developing' Docklands, Southbank Boulevard changes kick off, Infrastructure Victoria has surprisingly gone out early for its first 30-year strategy refresh and shots fired! - the Victorian state opposition has announced their first public transport-focused election initiative. And remember to subscribe to the Urban.com.au podcast through your favourite...

Resentment remains as GURNER gains approval for Queens Parade

26-56 Queens Parade has found planning resolution, with developer GURNER gaining approval via VCAT for the site which still remains steeped in controversy. The success at VCAT comes after a marathon planning stint, seeing local discontent, intervention from Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne and ultimately VCAT deciding call. The Fitzroy North site can now progress to redevelopment for the purposes of 263 dwellings over the sprawling site...

Bates Smart's Julian Anderson discusses commercial development feasibility in Melbourne's central city

Following the introduction of new planning and density controls in Melbourne's Central City Zone last year, architects Bates Smart have undertaken a study of the Hoddle Grid to determine the impact these would have on the development potential of sites. Plan Melbourne forecasts Melbourne's population to hit 10 million by 2051, carrying with it an additional 1.5 million jobs that need to be accommodated within an increasingly changing workforce...

Moreland poised to reject JWLand's Brunswick apartment proposal; VCAT awaits

Strong public discontent and the lack of support from Moreland City Council planners could see one of Brunswick's largest apartment proposals rejected. Tomorrow evening Moreland councillors will sit in the knowledge that JWLand's proposal at 699-701 Park Street has garnered 220 public objections. Of more concern to the developer is the planning advice in place urging that a Notice of Refusal to Grant a Planning Permit be handed down tomorrow...

Melbourne planning and development news in brief

Heidelberg Heights Banyule City Council are advertising a recent planning application that looks to bring additional high density living to Heidelberg Heights. Adjacent to Caydon's high-rise Ivanhoe Apartments, the prospective seven level apartment block is designed by MAP Architecture. The $11 million proposal is described as an "excellent opportunity to realise State and Local Planning Policy intent for the intensification of land within the...

Planning manoeuvres facilitate the way for larger towers at Baulkham Hills

The Hills Shire Council is going through the process of facilitating the delivery of larger apartment towers at Baulkham Hills. Developer Mulpha Norwest has sought to increase the size of future towers within its next development sub precinct which is known as 'The Greens'. It will form part of the wider push to create a $3 billion development within Baulkham Hills' Norwest Business Park in order to create a smart city and participate in the...

Property Council weighs into urban debate with its Great Cities research project

The Property Council of Australia has launched its Great Cities research project that aims to provide an 'outside in' perspective on Australia's cities based on megatrends, case studies and benchmarks. The PCA commissioned Professor Greg Clark and Dr Tim Moonen of The Business of Cities to author the reports. Prof. Greg Clark also appears alongside the PCA's Chief Executive Ken Morrison in many video summaries now published on the PCA's website...

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...

Candalepas Associates delivers the latest for Sydney's burgeoning office market

The latest prospective development looking to add to the nation's largest office market landed at planning earlier this month. City of Sydney has fielded a request to add a slim 13 storey office building at 4-6 York Street, just south of Wynyard Station which is itself subject to a substantial commercial development. The $29 million York Street development bid also includes alterations and refurbishments to the adjoining 341 George Street...

210 Alexandra Parade adds to Clifton Hill's growing design credentials

Late last year Carta Group and Wulff Projects submitted a planning application for an OLA Studio-designed development at 210 Alexandra Parade East Clifton Hill, which has undergone a number of changes to respond to Council and community feedback. The proposed development is for a 6-storey building comprising of 26 apartments and a resident’s communal workspace at ground floor. The building's design is highly site responsive and employs carefully...

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