28 Millicent Street , Rosanna, VIC

Construction of six (6) double-storey dwellings and waiver of on-site visitor car parking requirement

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 3 months ago. The date it was received by them was not recorded.

(Source: Banyule City Council, reference P1325/2018)

18 Comments

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  1. Lyn commented

    I oppose the waiver of on-site visitor car parking requirement. I live in Millicent Street, near the Lower Plenty Road end, and we already have constant issues in the street due to parked vehicles. Millicent Street is used by many locals as a short cut between Rosanna Road and Lower Plenty Road, causing excess traffic especially during peak hour and school pick up and drop off times. Due to poor parking management, traffic often banks up at the Lower Plenty Road intersection, which impedes access to and from my residence. We also have issues with garbage collection, due to the number of parked vehicles, etc. Waiving the visitor parking restrictions will further impact what should be a quiet side street, but has become a main thoroughfare.
    I also oppose the construction of 6 double-storey dwellings on a block of only just over 1,200m2. A recent development around the corner at 14 Joliffe Street has 4 double-storey residences on a block of just over 1,000m2. The units located at 30 Millicent have only 3 single-storey units on a block of not much under 1,000m2, and the units at 37 Millicent Street have 4 single-storey units on a block of around 1,100m2. A precedent has been set, and council need to preserve the values of the existing properties in this street by declining this significant increase in the previous application.

  2. Cam commented

    I agree with everything Lyn above has written. She clearly outlines the reasons in her response and whole heartedly agree that council should not approve more than 4 dwellings on the block as is the case with 37 Millicent Street.

  3. Andrew Fisher commented

    My name is Andrew and I am also a resident of Millicent St near Lwr Plenty Rd. Already Millicent St has dangerous traffic, with drivers using the street as a rat run during peak hour. The street is too narrow for the amount of cars that park on it already - our car has been damaged by through traffic and friends have had an accident on the street also. Waiving parking requirements for this development will see more cars parking on the street, exacerbating the problem.
    The proposed housing density of this planning application is unprecedented for the street and will detract from the quiet family-friendly character valued highly by residents. Please do not allow this application to proceed as proposed. Sincerely,

  4. Scott commented

    I echo original comments in opposition from Lyn and strongly oppose the construction of 6 double-storey dwellings and waiver of on-site visitor car parking requirement and would support no more than 4 dwellings. As Lyn has clearly stated there is already excessive traffic travelling through the street and existing street parking causing congestion. With young kids at my premises the dangers this presents is concerning.
    I also point out the previous sale of like sized property at 29 Millicent St which is also likely to become units, if further trends continue in this way there would be no available street parking and further street congestion. This over development is also likely to reduce property values for homeowners in the street.

  5. Tingting commented

    My name is Tingting and I live on Millicent St. I strongly oppose the construction of 6 double-storey dwellings and waiver of on-site visitor parking requirement.

    Millicent St is already very busy during day and night as drivers use it as a short cut between Lwr Plenty Rd and Rosanna Rd. Rosanna Rd is already chaotic that everyone knows. My partner's car mirror has been ripped off twice when parking right outside our home during the past 2 years. If you pay your attention, Millicent St is full of townhouses/units at the both sides.

    I still remember at 5am early morning we got woken up by the door bell as the bin collection truck couldn't go through because of cars parking on the street. The poor driver had to knock every house's door and hope to find the cars' owners to move them. If the application of construction of 6 double-storey dwellings is approved, traffic and parking on Millicent St would get even worse.

    I hope council should consider the traffic fact and for the benefit of all the residents on the street, should not approve this application.

    Regards,

  6. Helen McLagan commented

    Helen
    Have lived in Millicent Street for many years, and there has always been a parking problem. Building 6 double storey townhouses (far too many) will only increase the problem. The council did approve parking restrictions which have helped, so we don't want that jeopodised. It is a very busy through road.

  7. Calvin commented

    As a resident living on Millicent Street, I oppose both the waiver of on-site visitor parking requirement and the six double-storey residences due to accumulation of parked vehicles on the street. Excessive traffic will become the norm for locals who utilize Millicent Street to travel from Lower Plenty Road to Rosanna Road and vise versa, and thus giving rise to congestion, especially during peak hours. The requirement of on-site parking will only restrict residents from conveniently accessing their residence, which can be reflected by the many cars who frequently park on Millicent Street, especially on weekend due to family visits and those who attend church etc. As a resident of Millicent Street, I have encountered numerous problems with parked cars blocking my bin- resulting in issues with garbage collection, and not to mention the difficulty when attempting to turn into my driveway due to the countless parked cars. Also, the streets are too narrow and unsuited for this type of requirement as parked cars experience damage from those who speed through the street and perform a hit and run.

  8. Beverley Matthews commented

    I support Lyn's objections and those of others here: opposing 6 double-storey properties and the waiver of on-site visitor car-parking requirement.

    I have lived on Millicent Street for over 60 years and believe this is an overdevelopment of the site - affecting the family atmosphere of the street, and creating additional traffic problems.

  9. Nathan commented

    Hello, As a resident living on Millicent Street near the proposed site, I am highly against the waiver of on-site visitor parking requirement and the six double-storey residences.

    As it's will become unsafe. The road exiting Lower Plenty road is already at peak capacity of parked cars causing it to become a one-way road, in addition, the road is curved at the end and is heavy inclined causing a lack of visibility for drivers. This dismal of on-site visitor parking would only make the problem worse. Millicent Street is a very busy road as drivers use it to cut between Lower Plenty road and Rosanna Rd.

    We have had friend's car side mirrors replaced, because of this very reason. Please consider the words of the people who live here and do not approve this application.

  10. Janet commented

    Even I and my family strongly oppose the 6 double-storey properties and the waiver of on-site visitor car-parking requirement. The council needs to have a real dialogue with local residents of Rosanna and Heidelberg about the increase in local traffic which is undermining the safety of the residents especially the kids and the elderly.

  11. Mrs Jones commented

    In principle I support medium density housing in well serviced communities like Rosanna, however I question the merit of the proposed development at 28 Millicent St, primarily as the proposed unit density departs from the existing neighbourhood character.

    The dispensation requested for visitor parking is poorly justified, citing proximity to public transport. Refer the development at 51-55 McNamara St, Macleod, which is immediately opposite a train station: this invariably has around 4-6 cars parked outside on the street, forcing northbound traffic into the southbound lane while obscurity oncoming traffic at a bend in the road. Clearly in this example, the parking provided on site (whether permanent or temporary) was insufficient and did not anticipate the needs of the residents who live there.
    On-street parking is a concern if there is insufficient parking available on site. Victorian Road Rules state that a minimum distance of 3 metres should be left between vehicles on either side of the street, in order to allow traffic to pass through with sufficient clearance. This is especially important in order to allow emergency vehicles to pass through when required.

    The development proposes refrigerated cooling systems and water tanks but it is not clear where any associated equipment, including condensers and pumps (if provided), are located in order to assess the noise impact on surrounding noise sensitive receivers.

    The development’s availability of solar access to north facing windows (an energy efficiency objective) appears to be limited given that only two of the six units actually have any north facing windows (excluding windows to toilets).

  12. Mary Browne commented

    I am a resident at 34 Millicent Street, Rosanna and absolutely oppose the building of 6 x double-storey residences at No 28 Millicent Street, Rosanna.

    Most housing in this street is SINGLE LEVEL .

    6 x DOUBLE-STOREY buildings will not only be unsightly and totally inappropriate for the street but will overwhelm and overshadow the existing housing on either side of the No 28 property.

    In recent times, Millicent Street has become a rat-run for motorists travelling between Rosanna Road and Lower Plenty Road. It is a narrow residential street with limited and restricted parking on both sides which is usually taken up by residents who have limited parking on their own properties. Especially where there are multiple units on a block.

    6 more units in the street will only exacerbate the situation.

    3 only units at 28 Millicent Street might be acceptable.

  13. Emma Ris commented

    I live on Millicent street with my husband and 2 children right in the centre. The street is often very crowded on both sides causing us to zig zag and weave from side to side just to get down to Rosanna road to take the kids to school each morning. We also have a small commercial van we drive home for work and we often can not reverse this into the driveway due to cars parked opposite. On weekends when the church at the rear of our house has sessions, the church goers also park right along Millicent, sometimes illegally as there is no parking.
    The garbage truck often has issues, it collected the street sign opposite our house one morning (I am an early morning gym goer and saw it happen).
    It's also a main cut through for cars coming off Rosanna Road northbound and down out onto Lower Plenty road. From the bottom end in the evening, turning into and managing to get up Millicent Street from Lower Plenty road is near impossible with the flow of constant on coming cut through traffic as they race down Millicent.

    I STRONGLY oppose the building of 6 x 2 story houses. That's essentially adding 12 more cars to this street.

  14. Emma Ris commented

    I'd like to add to my comment above...that the estimation on the application for the 6 x 2 story dwelling is $1.2million total. Apart from my objection above, I wonder what quality and standard of house can you build these days for only $200k? I shudder to think about what they might look like..

  15. Pamela Marlene McDonald (Pam) commented

    I am long-time owner-occupier and ratepayer in Millicent Street and am writing to record my strong objection to the proposed development at 28 Millicent Street.

    Millicent Street was originally built as a narrow residential road (initially unmade) but is now used continuously as a cut-through between Rosanna Road and Lower Plenty Road by a large number of vehicles each day ( not helped by the fact that Douglas Street off Rosanna Road was closed by the Council some time ago at the behest of residents of that street). The road was never intended to accommodate the volume of traffic to which it is subjected now.

    The road is often so congested now with cars parked on both sides of the street that there is barely enough room to pass through when there is a succession of vehicles coming from opposite directions. This is particularly the case when there is a social occasion at on of the units.

    The proposal to erect six units on a lot which is no bigger than any other in the street with no on-site parking for visitors would lead to a further substantial increase in crowding of the street by parked cars by residents with more than one vehicle, visitors to those residents as well as daily commuters and residents of Lower Plenty and Rosanna Roads).

    Six units is far too many for the size of the lots, which are really only suitable for three units at the maximum. A lack of adequate on-site parking will compound the problem. Many times I have had to divert to the wrong side of the road in order to gain access to our driveway because of parked cars impeding the opposite side of the road.

    There have been occasions when a larger vehicle has used the street but has been unable to pass because of removal or delivery vehicles parked on one side of the road and a car parked on the opposite side. Even emergency vehicles (ambulances) have had difficulty in getting through because the space available is too narrow.

  16. Leo R commented

    Agree with all the comments above and would have further to add.

    The new train station in Rosanna has become a hub station and has drawn additional traffic and cars parked for extended periods.

    This includes streets like Millicent and other streets within a short walking distance to Rosanna train station.

    Approving an application for six units on one block with now allowance for parking is simply exacerbating the problem.

    What used to be a relatively safe, quiet, leafy area with good schools – has become a scourge of rampant unchecked development – increasing pressure on existing roads and parking, and making our local roads even more unsafe than they already are.

  17. ShiRong commented

    My name is ShiRong and I live on the other side of the Millicent Street. This street is already very crowded with the car parking alongside the street. It gets really busy, especially during rush hours, due to the traffic passing by. A lot of drivers taking this street as a shortcut between Rosanna Road and Lower Plenty Road. This application for construction of six (6) double-storey dwellings and waiver of on-site visitor car parking requirement would cause a lot issues to the community. Road would become too narrow for the traffic with even more cars parking on the street, as well as the safety problems for people and properties.

    To make it short, I strongly oppose this application as it will bring more chaos to the already too dense community.

  18. Cain commented

    I agree with all of the above, and as a long time resident of Millicent street I have seen all but two blocks sold in this street either sub divided or turned into multiple units (with another two in the planning/permit stage). Along with the obvious issues with parking I find it difficult to accept that the council would agree to the demolition of a dwelling with such historical significance being one of the original farmhouses in the area - I encourage the councillors to drive by one day to see it for themselves. Once again it seems council are putting dollars over what the community want this area to represent, a quiet leafy street safe for our families to grow up in.

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