You may recall back in September The Age ran a story on the Ivanhoe Structure Plan. The Age has been back in touch with Council and residents this week and ran a follow-up story today.
This story focusses on Darebin Station/Heidelberg Rd area and the increased real-estate activity in the area in recent months.
Back in December Save Ivanhoe provided Council with a 17 page document that included feedback on the MGS recommendations. Specifically around Darebin Station, our comments included:
"Most residents would welcome some development on this strip of land as it is in need of rejuvenation.
The majority of residents in the recent survey preferred a maximum of 3-storey development in this area. The 6-metre front and rear setbacks proposed by MGS in the plans would seem appropriate.
However further north up the Heidelberg Rd hill can only handle a maximum of 2 storeys (9 metres) given the width of the land. For example the bike shop has a width of approximately 14 metres at Rose St and as MGS is recommending 6 metre front and rear setbacks, a third storey could not be accommodated."
MGS have recommended development up to 4 storeys in Heidelberg Rd. The fear is that development applications could be approved that are even higher that the MGS recommendations. This would set a precident in the area and undo the work Council and the community have been doing in the last 8 months.