44 Creswick Street, Hawthorn VIC 3122

(VicSmart) Lopping of vegetation (Peppercorn Tree) on land affected by a Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO1)

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website about 1 month ago. It was received by them 4 days earlier.

(Source: Boroondara City Council, reference PP21/0136)

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  1. Miriam Faine commented

    As previous, what is the reason for removing mature trees in a park? In terms of global warming? Plus amenity? Trees like this are of value to the community, and are valued by them. Council should be protecting trees, not killing them

  2. Miriam Faine commented

    As previous, what is the reason for removing mature trees in a park? In terms of global warming? Plus amenity? Trees like this are of value to the community, and are valued by them. Council should be protecting trees, not killing them

  3. Marilyn Stapleton commented

    This park is extensively by the residents and people who come from places as far away as Glen Waverley. It is a well used area for off lead dogs and people who generally walk in this beautiful park by the river. This is one of Boroondara's assets. What makes a park? Number one it is the amenity of having shade and trees and places to sit and enjoy nature. We should be planting more trees not cutting them down . These trees are mature trees and should be kept.

  4. Ingrid commented

    Hi Miriam, The Boroondara CC have confirmed that the wording is incorrect on the Planning Application as advertised on the BCC Website. A number of residents have contacted BCC concerned with possible 'removal' of the trees.

    There are two trees to be 'lopped' ie: pruned, to allow access for to nearby underground pipes. One Peppercorn and one English Oak.
    So actually, this is a good thing, because the trees will be protected from accidental damage during the works.

    BCC will look into amending the wording.

    Everything else I wrote below you won't need for this situation now, but I'm sending it so you can have a bit more info on what to do next time. It's awesome to see how many people care about the vegetation.

    - Go to the BCC website and read the Planning Register - Reference number: PP21/0136.
    - Then - Scroll down to "Properties" :"44 Creswick Street HAWTHORN VIC 3122" ( in purple font) > Click on that address.
    > Now you will see ann Application for one other tree.
    - Reference number: PP21/0135 - is for "Removal of vegetation (English Oak)"
    ie To be lopped / pruned.

    - It is best to ring the Council and speak to the relevant Planning Officer before making objections, they answer questions and assist.
    - For most Planning App's the Council should be able to send you a copy of the Planning Application documents or provide one at their offices. But each case is different.
    - Each Council can provide some forms and brochures outlining the steps involved in making an objection.
    - So far I learnt that the land for Creswick St is Crown Land ( not Council Land).
    - The applicant is xxx ??? the company doing the tree work for Crown Lands.

    - When an applicant has applied for using VICTRACK, if it is the lopping or removal of only one tree, they don't need the same approval as for multiple trees - sometimes.
    - Also - if they were native or indigenous trees or vegetation there would be another set of regulations in place.
    - The section of the Crown Lands Dpt looking after this project would have regulations re: removal of a VLOT – Very Large Old Tree.
    - Contact all the history and environment groups in Hawthorn, more support -
    better outcome. ( if there are trees you want to protect in the future)

    Below > Info from the Vic Crown Lands website : land dot vic dot gov dot au
    These are some of the overlays - (ie: there are regulations regarding the land)
    So, a local history group could help if you are fast.
    >HERITAGE OVERLAY (HO)
    >HERITAGE OVERLAY (HO220)
    >SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPE OVERLAY (SLO)
    >SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPE OVERLAY - SCHEDULE 1 (SLO1)
    >HERITAGE OVERLAY (HO481)

    On the application: 44 Creswick Street, Hawthorn VIC 3122 (PP21/0136)

    (VicSmart) Removal of vegetation (Peppercorn Tree) on land affected by a Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO1)

  5. Miriam Faine commented

    thanks Ingrid, I have responded to Council that they should have letterboxed residents in nearby streets to let them know what was happening. I was assuming that a Planning Permit IS required in this case or they wouldn't have applied for one. The wording of the application MUST be amended of course, to reflect the actual scope of works.

    You may not be aware but there is a Pridmore Park Friends group of 25 years standing (Yarra Bank Reserve is an extension of Pridmore Park) - it was recently reactivated in regard to the proposed playground works with a good outcome.

    And in regard to your comments re lopping being a good thing, it depends who does the lopping and what their aim is. I have already negotiated personally with the sewage renewal contractors (John Holland) to keep pedestrian access to the trams stop open for the extension of the works. I am concerned they may not have sufficiently budgeted for pruning rather than removing vegetation and would argue we should all be vigilant. I will wait to hear what the next5 stage is and if necessary will lodge a formal objection, as will many others, I believe.

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