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Planning

Designing suburbs to cut car use closes gaps in health and wealth

Jerome N Rachele , Australian Catholic University ; Aislinn Healy , Australian Catholic University ; Jim Sallis , University of California, San Diego , and Takemi Sugiyama , Australian Catholic University This article is one in a series, Healthy Liveable Cities , in the lead-up to the Designing Healthy Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne on October 19 and 20. Large health inequalities exist in Australia. Car ownership and its costs add to...

Crema Group sizes up another tower for South Melbourne

Crema Group is the driving force behind the purchase of 8 Palmerston Crescent, South Melbourne which was successfully sold by Colliers earlier this year. Perhaps better known as home to Pink Palace, the 908sqm island site has gone to planning with the expectation of another high-rise for this burgeoning pocket of South Melbourne. Bids for the site closed during March, having been offered for sale for the first time in 30 years. Reportedly sold...

Growland pushes Footscray's Victoria Square to new heights

Growland has sought to increase the size of all bar one of the six tower than constitutes their Victoria Square development. Hand in hand with the developer revealing it had effectively sold out the Footscray project's first tower release during September, a revised planning application was put before Maribyrnong City Council seeking to add between 4-5 levels across five separate buildings. The revised application also sees a near fourfold...

City of Melbourne provides conditional support for Southbank high-rise

During its monthly meeting on Tuesday night, the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne (Planning Committee) has resolved to provide its support for a 48-storey tower at 56-62 Clarendon Street. The current Europcar car hire and workshop on site will be replaced by a 161m tower accommodating 208 apartments and 128 serviced apartments atop a six storey podium. The site has previously had approval for a silver Elenberg Fraser designed tower from 2013...

Naser Group goes for the Sky in Kensington

Prospective Kensington development sites continue to drift toward higher density residential outcomes. The latest to do so is Naser Group's 347-367 Macaulay Road which is now at planning, with the developer hoping to create 55 overly large two and three bedroom apartments within a new C-shaped, six-storey building. The site itself is currently home to an ordinary single storey warehouse which abuts the mid-rise Kensington Warehouse Apartments...

Mount Waverley earmarked for a ‘multi-age precinct' development

A planning application before City of Monash has sidestepped the traditional 'mixed-use' format, instead opting to label the pending project as a ‘multi-age precinct’ development. BC Mount Waverley Project Pty Ltd is pushing through with the application across 445-467 Blackburn Road Mount Waverley, which also abuts the Monash Freeway. The Box Hill North-based entity was created during 2015 to purchase the property and existing 4-star Hotel Bruce...

Elizabeth Street wins approval, Clarendon Street goes back to the drawing board

Long at planning, 478-488 Elizabeth Street has come away from the approvals process with a permit. Earlier this month the final stamp of approval was granted for the project, after a stint at VCAT which resulted in the appeals body issuing an order to approve the development during late August. The final result sees an Elenberg Fraser-designed tower in excess of 60 levels permitted on site consisting of apartments, a hotel component and retail...

Doncaster Hill's next major apartment project verges on approval

A final planning decision looms next week for Doncaster Hill's latest apartment development. Already holding the consent of Council planners, a positive result at next week's Council Meeting will see 666 Doncaster Road add to the measured flow of high-density residential projects atop the hill. In their report, Council planners have recommended that the Plus Architecture-designed scheme be approved, subject to conditions. Now home to a low-rise...

The former Coburg High School site seeks a fresh beginning

Perhaps it's a case of third time lucky for the vacant former home of Coburg High School on Bell Street. The monster 1.2 hectare site at 81 A Bell Street is back at planning, representing the third design to be proposed for the key site in recent years. Gone is the intent to deliver hundreds of apartments, but rather now advisory and project management firm Beca is overseeing efforts to deliver a substantial retirement village onsite. Ryman...

Riverlee eyes Swan Street for Richmond's next major development

Developer Riverlee is hoping to add to City of Yarra's substantial commercial development pipeline by way of a mixed-use, multi-storey building at 484-486 Swan Street. Utilising entity Killara Quest Pty Ltd, Riverlee has applied to deliver a major commercial and retail building spanning 14 levels which would be located adjacent to Burnley Station. Technè Architecture and Interior Design have conceived the design, marking their first high-rise...

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Development & Planning

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 09:00
Jerome N Rachele , Australian Catholic University ; Aislinn Healy , Australian Catholic University ; Jim Sallis , University of California, San Diego , and Takemi Sugiyama , Australian Catholic University This article is one in a series, Healthy Liveable Cities , in the lead-up to the Designing Healthy Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne on October 19 and 20.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 12:00
Spring Street on Sunday unveiled its package of rental reforms that will see a variety of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (1997). The state government has branded the reforms 'Rent Fair Victoria' and set up a website outlining the changes.

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.

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Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 05:00
City of Melbourne intentions for a reimagined University Square are now available for viewing. The significant piece of public space at 190-192 Pelham Street is in line to receive a total makeover, bringing the green landscape into a 21st century.