Development news from Doncaster Hill

Recently Manningham City Council handed down a decision rejecting a proposed mixed-use development located at 602-630 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. The prominent corner site opposite Westfield Doncaster was to have taken a large mixed-use development designed by ITN Architects on behalf of Jaksal Pty Ltd. In its rejected form the development was to have incorporated 267 apartments over nine levels, three levels of commercial space and 565 underground car parking bays in a tower that would have reached near 41m in height. The structure would have been capped with a suspension cable artwork seemingly floating between either wing of the tower.

76 objections to the application were received, 54 of which were ridiculously attributed the neighbouring apaprtment blocks occupants bemoaning the loss of views. Doncaster Hill has been earmarked as a highrise, high density precinct for the best part of a decade so loss of views was to be expected over many developments. Ultimately views are a privilege, not a right! Where have I heard that before? For the record, separation between both towers living spaces was to be 17m, well above the minimum 9m requirement. Of more concern to Manningham was the 7.5m separation between either wing of the intended development.

Regardless VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria also found grounds for objection. In its ruling Manningham cited 18 varying concerns which led to its decision, leaving the developer/architects with options such as VCAT, a redesign or scrapping the development at their disposal.

Directly west of 602-630 Doncaster Road lies another intended development, 101-105 Tram Road, Doncaster. Put forward by Dong Chen Trading and Investments (Australia) via Meinhardt Group, the Peddle Thorp designed scheme has gained a notice of decision to grant a permit, essentially winning approval. The Peddle Thorp scheme involves a 13 storey tower containing 201 apartments, 245 underground car spaces and three commercial tenancies.

Generally complying with the Manningham Planning Scheme, the 39m high proposal attracted only one objection. Manningham asserted  "The proposed building is attractive and assertive in appearance, thus providing a landmark statement to this important gateway intersection. It also scales appropriately to the surrounding development." A design feature of the proposal is an eight level atrium with a southern boundary atrium (seen below) which provides both external views and natural light penetration. Final approval is pending.

Further up the Hill the on-again. off-again Crowne Plaza Hotel championed by developer Ron Di Pietro has finally been buried. The complex was to have included 181 hotel rooms and 16 serviced apartments over nine levels with three basement levels under a permit that expires in a few months time.

The permit has been superseded by an application which seeks a ten level residential development containing 203 apartments and 258 below ground car spaces with retail/commercial present over the ground floor. Once more, a notice of decision to grant a permit has been given by Manningham meaning a final permit for the Point Architects designed complex is pending.

Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.