From last week Age, this article continues the discussion on the state government's proposed new residential zones: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/danger-zone-planning-the-citys-future-must-include-consultation-20120713-221gk.html...
It was disappointing news that despite being unanimously rejected by Banyule Council, the development application for 40 Upper Heidelberg Rd is set to go to VCAT on 9 October.
This decision is totally disrespectful to the 1200 people in the Ivanhoe community and Banyule Council who spent 3 years formulating the Ivanhoe Structure Plan.
The proposed building is over 50-60% taller that the structure plan guidelines and will be 3-4 storeys higher than nearby buildings. It contains none of the setbacks required in the planning scheme and it will tower over residential areas, particularly the bowling green precinct on the eastern side.
Despite the obvious disregard for the guidelines in the Ivanhoe Structure Plan the developer stated in their VCAT application that:
"the design of the proposed development will not cause any adverse visual or amenity impacts on neighbouring properties or the local community" and...
"the mass, bulk and scale of the built form of the proposed development complies with the preferred character of the neighbourhood as envisaged under the Ivanhoe Structure Plan..."
As Cr Castaldo stated in the meeting where Council rejected the application, "the most important thing is precedent, no matter what anyone says, every building becomes a precedent for the future buildings of the area."
We look to Banyule Council to provide strong representation at the upcoming VCAT hearing.