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Carr's Hoddle Street Development finds favour with Council

The City of Melbourne's Future (Planning) Committee this week resolved to issue conditional approval for a 10-storey building at 1071-1081 Hoddle Street in East Melbourne. The building would rise to a height of 31.54m and accommodate 26 apartments on a triangular shaped site with a total area of 311 sqm. The railway cutting for the Hurstbridge and South Morang lines abuts the rear of the site and a council lane stretches along the southern...

City of Yarra runs hot with another significant commercial development planned

The changing built form landscape within City of Yarra may well be nudged once more down the commercial path as plans are assessed for a sizebale development of the Kia/Patersons site at 198-242 Burnley Street, Richmond. Council is deliberating over a plan which would create four separate office buildings that would hold an accumulated GFA of approximately 40,000sqm and support 800-1000 full time jobs. On behalf of Burnley Developments Pty Ltd,...

Revisiting Melbourne's low-rise high-density project numbers

In November 2015 there was still a prevailing view that Melbourne only built skyscrapers the inner city and new sprawly suburbs on the fringe, with little 'low-rise high-density'. During the same month, we published two articles which showed that 46% of all projects on the Urban Melbourne Project Database were residential in 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 level configurations. At that time , there were 983 projects and now at the time of writing, there are 1,...

Perri Projects and Woods Bagot seek a new northern CBD focal point

One of Melbourne's diminishing number of larger-scale planning applications has broken cover. Local developer Perri Projects is seeking to push through a substantial apartment tower on a prominent site at the northern tip of the CBD. 23-29 Victoria Street is currently a service station, but under plans conceived by Woods Bagot a 25 storey predominantly residential would take its place. The site finds itself in a mixed-use zone with a wide...

Monash Amendment C125: The ongoing saga

You may recall that Amendment C125 to the Monash Planning Scheme sought to introduce the ‘Monash Housing Strategy 2014’ (MHS) as a reference document into the planning scheme, and update the suite of residential zones and LPPF. The amendment has undergone public exhibition and been assessed by an Independent Planning Panel. ratio: made submissions to the Panel on behalf of various landowners within the municipality. A fundamental criticism was...

Gunnersen's radical Fishermans Bend intentions in limbo?

Timber merchant Gunnersen looks to have stumbled in an initial bid to revamp its Port Melbourne headquarters into a multi-towered residential development. As City of Port Phillip tabled a less than glowing report on the proposal last week, the project's status on the State Planning Register has been adjusted to 'on hold'. A planning application for the massive 17,500sqm site was lodged during April, lasting only a handful of months until it was...

Census 2016: the 20 most densely populated areas of Melbourne

17,506 people per square kilometre. Melbourne's CBD is now the most densely populated place in Australia, as the data released by ABS last Friday shows. From 2006 to June 2016, Melbourne's CBD saw 26,224 new residents move in bringing the total population to 41,473. And to think this was only up to June 2016 - there's a long way to go yet with all the mega towers still under construction or yet to begin construction. Carlton gets the silver...

Another Sturt Street skyscraper is brought back down to earth

The end game is approaching for another major planning application which predated the now permanent planning controls for Melbourne's CBD and parts of Southbank. Having been submitted during mid 2015, 131-139 Sturt Street is now headed for VCAT on the basis of the Minister for Planning’s failure to determine upon the application within the allocated time. Originally spanning 42 levels , the latest design for the 2,884sqm site now sees approval...

Auburn Land Group enters the West Melbourne apartment market

A developer new to the Urban Melbourne Project Database is seeking a berth within the bustling West Melbourne apartment scene. 137-157 Adderley Street as a tri-fronted 1,606sqm site headed to planning during May on behalf of Auburn Land Group. Surrounded by a variety of other current apartment developments, the Adderley Street land holding sits between North Melbourne railway station and the area's most high profile mixed-use development, West...

Giancorp refine their Moonee Ponds intentions

Giancorp Property Group is looking to rework their Moonee Ponds mixed-use development, refining the previously approved scheme with the help of Buchan Group as project architect. Located in a burgeoning development precinct immediately south of Puckle Street, 17-23 Puckle Street and 6-14 Young Street will see two separate buildings developed, with the taller spanning 16 levels. Whilst it will be dedicated predominantly toward apartment living,...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 12:00
The City of Melbourne's Future (Planning) Committee this week resolved to issue conditional approval for a 10-storey building at 1071-1081 Hoddle Street in East Melbourne. The building would rise to a height of 31.54m and accommodate 26 apartments on a triangular shaped site with a total area of 311 sqm.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:00
Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne Liveability is an increasingly important goal of Australian planning policy. And creating cities where residents can get to most of the services they need within 20 to 30 minutes has been proposed, at both federal and state level, as a key liveability-related mechanism.

Visual Melbourne

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:00
Part Three follows on from the Part One: Yarra's Edge and Part Two: Victoria Harbour. The focus of today's piece will be NewQuay and Harbour Town, the northern most precincts within Docklands. NewQuay NewQuay was the first precinct to open way back in 2003 and has probably evolved the most.

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Transport & Design

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 07:15
CBRE in recent weeks has begun marketing a development site at 118 City Road in Southbank which has been branded as 'Flagship'. The 6,191sqm site is currently home to a BMW dealership and showroom, and has significant potential to add to what is set to become on of the densest city blocks in Melbourne, boasting towers of 200m through to over 300m.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.