135-141 Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra VIC 3141

Removal of one tree

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 20 days ago. It was received by them 1 day earlier.

(Source: City of Stonnington, reference 0406/22 (VicSmart))

13 Comments

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  1. Brian Hunter commented

    As part of the planning process for this development the protection of street trees fronting Alexandra Avenue was paramount. The planning scheme for this locality was considered by VCAT as important because buildings were screened from the river by the predominate street trees, of which this is one.
    This tree is in good health and is an inconvenience to the development because it inter fears with the exit path. This was pointed out to the developers during the planning process, but they said there would be no need to remove it.

  2. Brian Hunter commented

    As part of the planning process for this development the protection of street trees fronting Alexandra Avenue was paramount. The planning scheme for this locality was considered by VCAT as important because buildings were screened from the river by the predominate street trees, of which this is one.
    This tree is in good health and is an inconvenience to the development because it inter fears with the exit path. This was pointed out to the developers during the planning process, but they said there would be no need to remove it.

  3. Ilona Miklosvary commented

    This is a significant established tree within the stand of trees lining Alexander Ave and thus should be preserved. This development were clearly aware that it was in its current location and its current size and did not seek to remove it under the VCAT application. Thus making application now could be termed “permit creep” whereby actions not allowed originally are then applied for in increments of much smaller actions. Thus this otherwise healthy and mature tree should not be removed simply because it is inconvenient.

  4. Shauna-Marie Wilson commented

    I agree with the submissions of Brian Hunter and Ilona Miklosvary made today.

    The heritage value of the tree to the public realm and surrounding residents is undoubtedly huge.

    The proposal to remove the tree responds negatively to the heritage value of the tree.

    As an alternative to the tree removal, other suitable works may be undertaken.

    It is unclear that the only appropriate outcome is removal of the tree.

    The tree removal should be reviewed by an arborist appointed by the responsible authority in addition to reviewing any material submitted by the applicant as it's far too easy to shop around and pay someone to say what you want to hear if you have significant financial resources.

    I urge the responsible authority to refuse this proposal.

  5. Ant commented

    I was intrigued by the flippant remarks by the developer “removal of one tree “ , so intrigued that I googled the sight and was horrified to see the size and importance on the “one tree”,
    The developers Architects would have to be aware of its existence in the planning process .
    And now lodged permit to remove it ?
    The tree must be retained at all costs .
    It too much too late and the developers made to accommodate its presence
    I get tired of hearing “ but it’s just one tree”
    Let’s trust that common sense will
    prevail and the tree stays ‼️

  6. Brian Hunter commented

    There appears to be some confusion regarding this application as tree shown is not tree to be removed. Hacer representative said today tree in application is on Rockley road side of development, and removal has been agreed with neighbour.

  7. Gail Melgaard commented

    I would have thought that with all the planning applications and photos required/street shots etc, it would have been quite clear long ago which tree everyone is talking about.
    Hopefully, whoever is responsible for its removal, knows which one to remove but this needs to be clarified with council and residents, in writing, by Hacer.

  8. Gail Melgaard commented

    I would have thought that with all the planning applications and photos required/street shots etc, it would have been quite clear long ago which tree everyone is talking about.
    Hopefully, whoever is responsible for its removal, knows which one to remove but this needs to be clarified with council and residents, in writing, by Hacer.

  9. Shauna-Marie Wilson commented

    I wish to make a further submission regarding the tree removal and development activity at this address. I seek these conditions for both the land under the Applicant's control and trees in the public realm adjacent to the private land:

    Prior to the endorsement of plans, that is plans for any current or proposed construction activity, a Tree Management Plan (TMP) must be submitted
    to the satisfaction of the Responsible Authority.

    Should those plans be already endorsed if the responsible authority decides to grant a permit for the proposed tree removal, I urge it to do so only if the Applicant agrees to immediately amend any endorsed construction and development plans for the subject site, to add a TMP in the manner proposed by me.

    The TMP must be prepared by a suitably qualified Arborist, whose place of business is within the Greater Melbourne Area, and reviewed by an Arborist employed, engaged or appointed by, the responsible authority, and make specific recommendations in accordance with the Australian Standard AS4970: 2009 - Protection of Trees on Development Sites to ensure that the tree subject of this development application (as per an arboricultural assessment by an arborist to be appointed by the responsible authority) and the trees located within 3 metres of the site remain healthy and viable during construction. The TMP must include the following to the satisfaction of
    the Responsible Authority:

    a) A tree protection plan to scale that shows:
    i. All Tree Protection Zones and Structural Root Zones
    ii. All Tree Protection Fencing
    iii. Areas where ground protection systems will be used
    iv. The type of footings within any Tree Protection Zone
    v. The location of services within any Tree Protection Zone
    b) The location and design of Tree Protection Fencing.
    c) Details of appropriate footings within the Tree Protection Zone.
    d) The method of installing any services through the Tree Protection Zone
    e) Details of how the root zone within the Tree Protection Zone will be managed
    throughout the project.
    f) A timetable outlining works requiring supervision by the Project Arborist.
    g) The results of any exploratory trenching where there is encroachment
    (construction or excavation) greater than 10 per cent into the Tree Protection
    Zone (in accordance with Australian Standard AS4970:2009 - Protection of
    Trees on Development Sites) of any tree to be retained. This must include
    photographic evidence of any trenching/ excavation undertaken.
    h) All remedial pruning works that are required to be performed on the tree during
    the development of the site. The pruning comments must reference Australian
    Standards 4373:2007, Pruning of Amenity Trees and a detailed photographic
    diagram specifying what pruning will occur.

    When submitted and approved to the satisfaction of the Responsible Authority, the
    TMP will be endorsed to form part of this permit, and the permit for any construction activity proposed or being undertaken on the privately held land at this address. The recommendations of the endorsed TMP must be implemented to the satisfaction of the Responsible Authority.

    Crossovers and road access proposed are to be relocated to the satisfaction of the responsbible authority if they are in the TMP.

    Permeability within the site may need to be increased to produce an environmentally sustainable whole site outcome and also ensure suitable conditions are maintained in the TMP.

    TMP areas of the site are to be maintained as permeable.

    No fill is to be deposited upon the TMP areas except with the consent of the responsible authority.

    No motor vehicles or trailers are to be parked upon the TMP areas at any time. No shared driveway or crossover is to be routed over any TMP area.

    All canopy trees planted within the site are to be at a minimum height of 1.8 metres and minimum potted size of 400mm.

    Overall I still urge the Responsible Authority to refuse the tree removal permit, and in the alternate only approve the tree removal with the conditions above becoming attached to any development proposal and construction activity at the address.

  10. Frances Sutherland commented

    Against permit application 0406/22
    removal of tree on Alexander Ave.
    This proposed removal of a mature tree in a stand of trees of similar age and size should not be removed. How can this be even be considered by Stonnington Council. A large tree of this size cannot be replaced by a new tree where it would stand out as a gap in the continuous row off trees.

  11. Ingrid commented

    To everyone that has written here in Planning Alerts,
    All your comments and objections need to be sent directly to the Stonnington Planning Dept.
    A number of councils say they don't accept comments from PA.

    It's great to see a few people getting involved. The Australian Standard for tree mng't at construction sites has been around for years.

  12. Ingrid commented

    If there's a street tree ( public asset on public land ) on the Rockley side of the property ...
    a neighbour ir other resident has no authority to give permission to remove it.

    What were they thinking?

  13. ingrid commented

    The planning application to remove and demolish the tree has been removed / withdrawn.

    Great objections done by Brian, Shauna-Marie, Frances, Gail, Ant and Ilona.
    What were the developers thinking!?

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