The project's architect, Jeremy McLeod from Breathe Architecture – which also designed and oversaw Brunswick's award-winning Commons apartments, which is over the road and similarly has no car parking – said each buyer was saving $30,000 per dwelling by not having parking.
"Why should someone who doesn't have a car have to pay for a basement car park?" asked McLeod.
Because, according to VCAT, there is nothing as convenient as owning an automobile.
"No such arrangements … are as convenient as private car ownership", VCAT senior member Russell Byard wrote in his judgment, handed down last week.
And because Victorian planning laws require each one or two-bed apartment to have one space allocated to it – although councils can waive this requirement, as Moreland had for Nightingale.
Local Labor MP Jane Garrett said encouraging walking, riding and catching public transport was necessary but so were parking options so streets didn't become choked with cars.
But Greens leader Greg Barber, a Brunswick resident, said the rules on parking were "crazy".
"Forcing people in public transport-rich areas to buy a car space with their apartment whether they want it or not is nuts," he said.
If a developer could sell a project without car parking spaces, they should be able to do so, he said, "as long as the council never gives those residents a permit to park on the street".