725 Riversdale Road Camberwell VIC 3124

Construction of a building accommodating supermarket and shops, demolition of existing buildings and works, alter access to Road Zone 1, display of advertising signs and variation to covenants.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website almost 4 years ago. It was received by them 10 days earlier.

(Source: Boroondara City Council, reference PP15/01414)

27 Comments

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  1. Paul Hobson commented

    Notice Of Objection

    I object to this application.

    I would withdraw my objections if the conditions to the permit included a condition along the following lines:

    “When travelling to and from the subject site, delivery vehicles must not use local residential streets. The applicant will make all persons making deliveries aware of this condition.”

    Paul Hobson 13 Kingsley Street Camberwell

  2. Canterbury Resident commented

    I object to this application.

    There are no benefits to local residents in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate.

    Issues:

    1. Removal of variety of services from shopping strip forcing residents to shop elsewhere, e.g. Camberwell Junction and while we're there using the pet shop, petrol station, Myki top up, fish and chips, etc. we may as well use the Woolies too!

    2. 15 truck deliveries per day - amenity / safety issue for residents/students in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate, directly adjoining to the north. No truck runs through the Hassett Estate.

    3. Change pedestrian crossing to traffic signals. Otherwise entering/exiting the proposal is an accident waiting to happen.

    4. Excessive amount of large illuminated screaming signage not in keeping with either the 1920's/1930's Middle Camberwell shopping strip character nor the peaceful neighbourhood character in general in both the HO 191 Hassett Estate north and the Bringa Estate south.

    5. Excessive noise from plant and equipment associated with a LARGE supermarket.

  3. Canterbury Resident wrote to local councillor Steve Hurd

    I object to this application.

    There are no benefits to local residents in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate.

    Issues:

    1. Removal of variety of services from shopping strip forcing residents to shop elsewhere, e.g. Camberwell Junction and while we're there using the pet shop, petrol station, Myki top up, fish and chips, etc. we may as well use the Woolies too!

    2. 15 truck deliveries per day - amenity / safety issue for residents/students in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate, directly adjoining to the north. No truck runs through the Hassett Estate.

    3. Change pedestrian crossing to traffic signals. Otherwise entering/exiting the proposal is an accident waiting to happen.

    4. Excessive amount of large illuminated screaming signage not in keeping with either the 1920's/1930's Middle Camberwell shopping strip character nor the peaceful neighbourhood character in general in both the HO 191 Hassett Estate north and the Bringa Estate south.

    5. Excessive noise from plant and equipment associated with a LARGE supermarket.

    Delivered to local councillor Steve Hurd. They are yet to respond.

  4. Canterbury Resident wrote to local councillor Philip Mallis

    I object to this application.

    There are no benefits to local residents in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate.

    Issues:

    1. Removal of variety of services from shopping strip forcing residents to shop elsewhere, e.g. Camberwell Junction and while we're there using the pet shop, petrol station, Myki top up, fish and chips, etc. we may as well use the Woolies too!

    2. 15 truck deliveries per day - amenity / safety issue for residents/students in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate, directly adjoining to the north. No truck runs through the Hassett Estate.

    3. Change pedestrian crossing to traffic signals. Otherwise entering/exiting the proposal is an accident waiting to happen.

    4. Excessive amount of large illuminated screaming signage not in keeping with either the 1920's/1930's Middle Camberwell shopping strip character nor the peaceful neighbourhood character in general in both the HO 191 Hassett Estate north and the Bringa Estate south.

    5. Excessive noise from plant and equipment associated with a LARGE supermarket.

    Delivered to local councillor Philip Mallis. They are yet to respond.

  5. Canterbury Resident wrote to local councillor Jack Wegman

    I object to this application.

    There are no benefits to local residents in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate.

    Issues:

    1. Removal of variety of services from shopping strip forcing residents to shop elsewhere, e.g. Camberwell Junction and while we're there using the pet shop, petrol station, Myki top up, fish and chips, etc. we may as well use the Woolies too!

    2. 15 truck deliveries per day - amenity / safety issue for residents/students in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate, directly adjoining to the north. No truck runs through the Hassett Estate.

    3. Change pedestrian crossing to traffic signals. Otherwise entering/exiting the proposal is an accident waiting to happen.

    4. Excessive amount of large illuminated screaming signage not in keeping with either the 1920's/1930's Middle Camberwell shopping strip character nor the peaceful neighbourhood character in general in both the HO 191 Hassett Estate north and the Bringa Estate south.

    5. Excessive noise from plant and equipment associated with a LARGE supermarket.

    Delivered to local councillor Jack Wegman. They are yet to respond.

  6. Canterbury Resident wrote to local councillor Kevin Chow

    I object to this application.

    There are no benefits to local residents in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate.

    Issues:

    1. Removal of variety of services from shopping strip forcing residents to shop elsewhere, e.g. Camberwell Junction and while we're there using the pet shop, petrol station, Myki top up, fish and chips, etc. we may as well use the Woolies too!

    2. 15 truck deliveries per day - amenity / safety issue for residents/students in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate, directly adjoining to the north. No truck runs through the Hassett Estate.

    3. Change pedestrian crossing to traffic signals. Otherwise entering/exiting the proposal is an accident waiting to happen.

    4. Excessive amount of large illuminated screaming signage not in keeping with either the 1920's/1930's Middle Camberwell shopping strip character nor the peaceful neighbourhood character in general in both the HO 191 Hassett Estate north and the Bringa Estate south.

    5. Excessive noise from plant and equipment associated with a LARGE supermarket.

    Delivered to local councillor Kevin Chow. They are yet to respond.

  7. Canterbury Resident wrote to local councillor Jim Parke

    I object to this application.

    There are no benefits to local residents in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate.

    Issues:

    1. Removal of variety of services from shopping strip forcing residents to shop elsewhere, e.g. Camberwell Junction and while we're there using the pet shop, petrol station, Myki top up, fish and chips, etc. we may as well use the Woolies too!

    2. 15 truck deliveries per day - amenity / safety issue for residents/students in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate, directly adjoining to the north. No truck runs through the Hassett Estate.

    3. Change pedestrian crossing to traffic signals. Otherwise entering/exiting the proposal is an accident waiting to happen.

    4. Excessive amount of large illuminated screaming signage not in keeping with either the 1920's/1930's Middle Camberwell shopping strip character nor the peaceful neighbourhood character in general in both the HO 191 Hassett Estate north and the Bringa Estate south.

    5. Excessive noise from plant and equipment associated with a LARGE supermarket.

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    Jim Parke local councillor for Boroondara City Council
    replied to Canterbury Resident

    I am responding on behalf of the Mayor, Cr Jim Parke to acknowledge receipt of your email and advise your comments have been noted.

    The Mayor has asked me to register your email which will then be sent to the relevant Director for the appropriate action.

    Regards
    Tula Sahinidis
    Secretary to Mayor and Councillors

    8 Inglesby Rd, Camberwell, Victoria, 3124
    City of Boroondara - Governance
    Telephone: (03) 9278 4457 | Fax: (03) 9278 4466
    Tula.Sahinidis@boroondara.vic.gov.au
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  8. Canterbury Resident wrote to local councillor Coral Ross

    I object to this application.

    There are no benefits to local residents in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate.

    Issues:

    1. Removal of variety of services from shopping strip forcing residents to shop elsewhere, e.g. Camberwell Junction and while we're there using the pet shop, petrol station, Myki top up, fish and chips, etc. we may as well use the Woolies too!

    2. 15 truck deliveries per day - amenity / safety issue for residents/students in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate, directly adjoining to the north. No truck runs through the Hassett Estate.

    3. Change pedestrian crossing to traffic signals. Otherwise entering/exiting the proposal is an accident waiting to happen.

    4. Excessive amount of large illuminated screaming signage not in keeping with either the 1920's/1930's Middle Camberwell shopping strip character nor the peaceful neighbourhood character in general in both the HO 191 Hassett Estate north and the Bringa Estate south.

    5. Excessive noise from plant and equipment associated with a LARGE supermarket.

    Delivered to local councillor Coral Ross. They are yet to respond.

  9. Canterbury Resident wrote to local councillor Jane Addis

    I object to this application.

    There are no benefits to local residents in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate.

    Issues:

    1. Removal of variety of services from shopping strip forcing residents to shop elsewhere, e.g. Camberwell Junction and while we're there using the pet shop, petrol station, Myki top up, fish and chips, etc. we may as well use the Woolies too!

    2. 15 truck deliveries per day - amenity / safety issue for residents/students in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate, directly adjoining to the north. No truck runs through the Hassett Estate.

    3. Change pedestrian crossing to traffic signals. Otherwise entering/exiting the proposal is an accident waiting to happen.

    4. Excessive amount of large illuminated screaming signage not in keeping with either the 1920's/1930's Middle Camberwell shopping strip character nor the peaceful neighbourhood character in general in both the HO 191 Hassett Estate north and the Bringa Estate south.

    5. Excessive noise from plant and equipment associated with a LARGE supermarket.

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    Jane Addis local councillor for Boroondara City Council
    replied to Canterbury Resident

    Thanks Aleesha

    Your comments are noted.

    regards

    Jane Addis
    Councillor Maling Ward

    City of Boroondara
    8 Inglesby Rd, Camberwell, Victoria, 3124
    Telephone: (03) 9835 7845 | Fax: (03) 9278 4466
    Email: Jane.Addis@boroondara.vic.gov.au
    Web: www.boroondara.vic.gov.au

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  10. Concerned residents wrote to local councillor Heinz Kreutz

    Re PP15/01414
    Dear Sir,
    We wish to object most strongly to the plan for a large supermarket in Middle Camberwell.
    First a general comment and complaint: planners seem to be increasingly intent on allowing or encouraging development which is quite inappropriate in some areas, and greatly favours big Business, often at the detriment of actual people, particularly those who live or work in the area.
    This proposed development in Middle Camberwell is a very clear case in point. A large company is being allowed to develop an area despite strong objection on what seem very sensible grounds by local people, including those in the Heritage area bordering it.
    The first, and obvious point is that we already have one middle sized supermarket, and there are at least 2 more, much larger, about 2 km away, and only a few minutes by car. Other serious objections are that the proposed building will dwarf the local heritage area, and cause traffic congestion in it, as well as more danger to local walkers and children. (This has already occurred to some extent, with recent increase in parking in local streets, and also, for example, 'cut through' driving in our Griotte/Dorothea street because of increased traffic, particularly after hours, some coming from the supermarket. ) There are many walkers, both school children with parents, and old slow walking people passing our corner each day. There are four large schools in the area, two with primary sections. Several of their children walk to and from the tram stop in Middle Camberwell or to the nearby railway station.
    Another objection is because of the Riversdale Road congestion which is likely to occur. There would be many supply lorries for a new store which will be a cause for traffic delays, at times. This is already true for the current store, and, at times appears to cause increased danger to children congregating on the pavements, both sides between the 7-11 and the present supermarket. Sometimes, after the close of school in the afternoons, I have counted more than 40 children outside the 7-11, waiting for the tram, and several more on the opposite side, (most of them cross over with the lights!) At present a big group has space to spread out onto the 7-11 verge or apron (often having made purchases inside). It is sometimes necessary for pedestrians to zig-zag a way through. Mostly if a pram is involved, it gets good consideration. But what will happen if we have building walls right out to the edge of the narrowish pavement on both sides of the street near the lights and tram stops? There will be much less room to accommodate 40 or so children, and also, at times, the area will probably act as a 'wind tunnel'
    Unfortunately Middle Camberwell has never had a 'public area' near the places where people congregate, or rest, (unlike Malling Road, for instance), but some sense of visual space has been given by the areas much wider that the narrow pavement, such as in front of the 7-11, the pet shop, furniture shop and Dry Cleaner. It seems these can be taken away from the community.
    Not only that, but we seem set to lose several small stores and Doctor's rooms, where many work, in favour of a large store which is likely to be much automated. In small stores owners are able to adapt to their customers' needs, and interact over interests, family, children, etc. If the present supermarket is any guide, it will be possible to get goods there and not have to interact with a single person. Furthermore, the checkout people change, so there is less likely to be the same person to interact with next time of checking out. It is often difficult to find someone to help in such big stores where the owners' understandable aim is to reduce wages as much as possible! Present automation trends suggests that trolleys may be designed with loops, which, as goods are dropped into them, will total the cost, so with merely a credit card one can walk out of the store to car or home without interacting with a single person! We ourselves have already experienced this with hand held scanners doing a similar job to a loop.
    And this when increasing research suggests that humans, particularly older people and those living on their own, need contact with others to stay mentally healthy. Another reason for serious concern over human health in the region is how much increased the pollution will be with many heavy diesel lorries and cars coming into it. It is well known that slowing and accellerating adds a great deal to the pollution emitted from vehicles. This will be greatly to the detriment of those walking and working in the area. Automotive pollution is ever more seen as a serious cause of poor health, particularly in the aged, of which there are many in the surrounding areas, many having to walk to and from home to the shops, or children walking to and from schools.
    This is not a case of NIMBY, because development is welcome, if in keeping with an area, and helps local residents to have more fulfilling lives instead of more automation.
    Your concerned residents

    Delivered to local councillor Heinz Kreutz. They are yet to respond.

  11. Local Resident wrote to local councillor Heinz Kreutz

    To whom it may concern,

    I wish to object to the proposal - PP15/01414, on the following grounds.
    permanent closure of mixed small businesses will reduce the amenity for local residents - particularly those who don't have access to cars. The community stands to lose its only petrol station, pet warehouse, fish & chip shop. Medical centre has already been closed down due to this and is what I would call an essential service. Also loss of beautician & various small offices. Add to this the closure of the hardware store to allow Woolworths expansion and some have already dubbed the shopping centre "supermarket central" -

    THIS WILL LEAD TO THE LONG TERM DEMISE OF MIDDLE CAMBERWELL SHOPPING CENTRE.

    loss of competition with dominance of supermarket duopoly
    no market need for additional supermarket - this is purely part of the "supermarket wars" and nothing to do with competition or public interest
    increased traffic on an already congested road
    will increase noise, lighting and traffic in residential area
    will overload off street parking, which will be unfair & detrimental to local residents
    increased traffic entering/ exiting Riversdale Road (on both sides) is a RECIPE FOR DISASTER, with a mix of pedestrians (school children, elderly), private vehicles, delivery trucks & trams all converging in one small area.
    extended hours will be a destruction of peaceful amenity for local residents

    THIS IS A RESIDENTIAL AREA - THERE IS NO NEED FOR A SECOND SUPERMARKET - WE NEED OUR SHOPPING STRIP TO HAVE DIVERSITY OF BUSINESS, NOT BIG BUSINESS WITH LARGE SCALE 24/7 OPERATIONS.

    Delivered to local councillor Heinz Kreutz. They are yet to respond.

  12. Camberwell resident and ratepayer and regular shopper in Middle Camberwell commented

    THIS IS A HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENT IN THE MIDDLE CAMBERWELL SHOPPING PRECINT.

    The is traffic congestion and lack of parking already. Why when there is the Camberwell Junction major shopping precinct just over a mile away with lots of parking etc and public transport access would the Council even consider yet allow such over-development in Middle Camberwell? - more//higher rates income I guess. The current supermarket and other businesses and service providers in Middle Camberwell cater well for customer needs. It seems to be a matter of over zealous competition between 2 major retail players no matter what and the Council will fail in its duty to local ratepayers and residents if a decision to allow this development is allowed.

  13. Camberwell resident and ratepayer and regular shopper in Middle Camberwell wrote to local councillor Phillip Healey

    Camberwell resident and ratepayer and regular shopper in Middle Camberwell commented 1 day ago

    THIS IS A HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENT IN THE MIDDLE CAMBERWELL SHOPPING PRECINT.

    The is traffic congestion and lack of parking already. Why when there is the Camberwell Junction major shopping precinct just over a mile away with lots of parking etc and public transport access would the Council even consider yet allow such over-development in Middle Camberwell? - more//higher rates income I guess. The current supermarket and other businesses and service providers in Middle Camberwell cater well for customer needs. It seems to be a matter of over zealous competition between 2 major retail players no matter what and the Council will fail in its duty to local ratepayers and residents if a decision to allow this development is allowed.

    Delivered to local councillor Phillip Healey. They are yet to respond.

  14. Michael commented

    If the planning application meets all of the guidelines then why should it not be allowed to proceed?
    The particular location is an eyesore with the buildings all looking hotch-potch and pretty run down. A new development will add vibrancy to the area and certainly give Woolworths a long overdue bit of competition.
    It is a well known marketing fact that smaller independent shops follow the "big 2" as the latter attracts plenty of foot traffic

  15. N S Kassy commented

    I welcome the application provided it meets all the guidelines. We certainly need more competition and new shops are welcome.

  16. Canterbury Resident wrote to local councillor Heinz Kreutz

    I object to this application.

    There are no benefits to local residents in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate.

    Issues:

    1. Removal of variety of services from shopping strip forcing residents to shop elsewhere, e.g. Camberwell Junction and while we're there using the pet shop, petrol station, Myki top up, fish and chips, etc. we may as well use the Woolies too!

    2. 15 truck deliveries per day - amenity / safety issue for residents/students in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate, directly adjoining to the north. No truck runs through the Hassett Estate.

    3. Change pedestrian crossing to traffic signals. Otherwise entering/exiting the proposal is an accident waiting to happen.

    4. Excessive amount of large illuminated screaming signage not in keeping with either the 1920's/1930's Middle Camberwell shopping strip character nor the peaceful neighbourhood character in general in both the HO 191 Hassett Estate north and the Bringa Estate south.

    5. Excessive noise from plant and equipment associated with a LARGE supermarket.

    Delivered to local councillor Heinz Kreutz. They are yet to respond.

  17. Canterbury Resident wrote to local councillor Phillip Healey

    I object to this application.

    There are no benefits to local residents in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate.

    Issues:

    1. Removal of variety of services from shopping strip forcing residents to shop elsewhere, e.g. Camberwell Junction and while we're there using the pet shop, petrol station, Myki top up, fish and chips, etc. we may as well use the Woolies too!

    2. 15 truck deliveries per day - amenity / safety issue for residents/students in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate, directly adjoining to the north. No truck runs through the Hassett Estate.

    3. Change pedestrian crossing to traffic signals. Otherwise entering/exiting the proposal is an accident waiting to happen.

    4. Excessive amount of large illuminated screaming signage not in keeping with either the 1920's/1930's Middle Camberwell shopping strip character nor the peaceful neighbourhood character in general in both the HO 191 Hassett Estate north and the Bringa Estate south.

    5. Excessive noise from plant and equipment associated with a LARGE supermarket.

    Delivered to local councillor Phillip Healey. They are yet to respond.

  18. Canterbury Resident wrote to local councillor Judith Voce

    I object to this application.

    There are no benefits to local residents in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate.

    Issues:

    1. Removal of variety of services from shopping strip forcing residents to shop elsewhere, e.g. Camberwell Junction and while we're there using the pet shop, petrol station, Myki top up, fish and chips, etc. we may as well use the Woolies too!

    2. 15 truck deliveries per day - amenity / safety issue for residents/students in Heritage Overlay 191, Hassett Estate, directly adjoining to the north. No truck runs through the Hassett Estate.

    3. Change pedestrian crossing to traffic signals. Otherwise entering/exiting the proposal is an accident waiting to happen.

    4. Excessive amount of large illuminated screaming signage not in keeping with either the 1920's/1930's Middle Camberwell shopping strip character nor the peaceful neighbourhood character in general in both the HO 191 Hassett Estate north and the Bringa Estate south.

    5. Excessive noise from plant and equipment associated with a LARGE supermarket.

    Delivered to local councillor Judith Voce. They are yet to respond.

  19. Canterbury girl wrote to local councillor Heinz Kreutz

    @ Michael and @ N S Kassy
    The only 'eyesore' will be the blinding red and white illuminated 6m, 5m, etc. long multiple signs on the bland steel, glass and concrete box like development if it goes ahead. Small business will be driven from Middle Camberwell and traffic will be horrendous on Riversdale Road and within local residential streets impacting on amenity. This development will be the demise of the identity and character of the shopping strip. You can use your buzz words of 'vibrancy/' etc, but all a development such as this will create is 'chaos'. There is absolutely NO NEED for two supermarkets opposite each other in this strip. Take it to a strip with no existing supermarket. We have no problem with new development appropriate to the strip offering a diverse range of services to complement the existing. The medical centre needs to be returned to Middle Camberwell as a necessity.

    Delivered to local councillor Heinz Kreutz. They are yet to respond.

  20. N S Kassy commented

    When I read some of the comments here (blinding "red and white signboard", "do we need another supermarket when we have Woolies"...etc) I do suspect they are from Woolworth's management!! As for fears of additional traffic - the same people will either walk/drive to Coles instead of Woolies and vice versa.

    Loss of character, seriously? Are we talking about the same 4-5 random shops in some positively ugly single storey structures? What character do these ugly buildings have exactly? Riversdale Road is a main/arterial road for and not some inner residential street with lovely period homes.

    As for additional traffic - well, with the increase in population, that is to be expected. The comments reek of NIMBYism.

    I am all for Riversdale Road to develop and become more vibrant on both sides. Because once we have a big shopping complex, I am pretty sure even more smaller shops will follow thanks to more foot traffic.

    Regards
    Kassy

  21. Middle Camberwell shoppers wrote to local councillor Heinz Kreutz

    @ N S Kassy We are most certainly NOT from Woolworths management. Your comments reek of ignorance. I wonder if you even live near the proposal or will you drive through and back to your amenity. Have you bothered looking at the plans yet? Have a long hard look at them. I wouldn't call an art deco shopping strip 'ugly'. It is part of the history of the area. What will be ugly will be the proposal ... if it goes ahead. It is a long box without character and pretty pointless putting another large supermarket opposite Woolworths, removing services, like the medical clinic, etc needed in the community. That is not planning for the future. This is not 'vibrant'. If you bothered to look, you will see this section of Riversdale Road has many 'lovely period homes' both east and west of the shopping strip. If you need a 'big shopping complex' you could visit Camberwell Junction, Box Hill or even Chadstone. FYI this is not a 'big shopping complex' it is just a big supermarket, bottleshop and car park taking up the whole block.

    Delivered to local councillor Heinz Kreutz. They are yet to respond.

  22. Middle Camberwell Shoppers commented

    @ N S Kassy We are most certainly NOT from Woolworths management. Your comments reek of ignorance. I wonder if you even live near the proposal or will you drive through and back to your amenity. Have you bothered looking at the plans yet? Have a long hard look at them. I wouldn't call an art deco shopping strip 'ugly'. It is part of the history of the area. What will be ugly will be the proposal ... if it goes ahead. It is a long box without character and pretty pointless putting another large supermarket opposite Woolworths, removing services, like the medical clinic, etc needed in the community. That is not planning for the future. This is not 'vibrant'. If you bothered to look, you will see this section of Riversdale Road has many 'lovely period homes' both east and west of the shopping strip. If you need a 'big shopping complex' you could visit Camberwell Junction, Box Hill or even Chadstone. FYI this is not a 'big shopping complex' it is just a big supermarket, bottleshop and car park taking up the whole block.

  23. Canterbury Girl commented

    @ Michael and @ N S Kassy
    The only 'eyesore' will be the blinding red and white illuminated 6m, 5m, etc. long multiple signs on the bland steel, glass and concrete box like development if it goes ahead. Small business will be driven from Middle Camberwell and traffic will be horrendous on Riversdale Road and within local residential streets impacting on amenity. This development will be the demise of the identity and character of the shopping strip. You can use your buzz words of 'vibrancy/' etc, but all a development such as this will create is 'chaos'. There is absolutely NO NEED for two supermarkets opposite each other in this strip. Take it to a strip with no existing supermarket. We have no problem with new development appropriate to the strip offering a diverse range of services to complement the existing. The medical centre needs to be returned to Middle Camberwell as a necessity.

  24. Lucy of Camberwell commented

    I am a little confused by the talk of the 1920/30's character of the shopping strip.

    Whilst the surrounding houses may have this character, the northern side of Riversdale Road where they propose to build the supermarket is about as ugly and dysfunctional as it gets. Would be great to see this eyesore improved. Trying to park on that side of the road is a nightmare, the parking spots at the front of the pet shop don't even match up with crossovers.

    Even the southern side is not that attractive and the shops aren't very inspiring. Maybe the local elderly use them but I personally only generally go to the supermarket as Camberwell Junction is so much better.

    A supermarket on that side of the road would make it easy for city workers heading home at night to stop in a grab a few things (would be awkward to pull out of Safeway carpark and do a righthand turn in peak traffic.

    But we don't like change do we......lol

  25. N S Kassy commented

    I've been properly chastised for being ignorant about the marvels along Riversdale Road. So I deliberately walked along Riversdale Road yesterday and looked long and hard at the architecture and lo behold, my eyes finally opened in wide admiration at the marvellous 'Art Deco' medical clinic, the canary yellow pet warehouse, the sky blue fish and chip shop, the potential heritage award winner of a petrol pump, not to mention the quaint 7-11. Truly, these buildings deserve to have heritage overlays with immediate effect. I cannot for a moment imagine that a modern supermarket will replace such architectural wonders along Riversdale Road. Sigh.

  26. Concerned Middle Camberwell resident commented

    @ Lucy of Camberwell and @ NS Kassy

    Thank you for acknowledging the surrounding houses (east/west and north) have historical character from the 1920s and 30s. The shops in the strip do too. The icecream shop and the florist are protected by a heritage overlay. The dental surgery has been reported as of individual historical significance.

    We have an existing supermarket, Woolworths, (with permission to develop any time in the future) - why would you want the variety of serivces used by the community removed to put a second supermarket opposite an existing supermarket taking up the whole block? It would make more sense to put in a variety of shops on the subject site. The building detail could definitely be improved upon. The proposal could have canopy trees. Less 'major shopping centre style' illuminated signage.

    If you think the traffic is a nightmare now, wait until this proposal is built. You will definitely go and shop at the Junction because Middle Camberwell will be so congested (212 car parks).. There are no traffic signals proposed for the 4 driveways to Riversdale Rd from the proposed supermarket, so you will have traffic turning from both sides of Riversdale Road east and west - accidents waiting to happen.

    4 driveways across the footpath is not pedestrian friendly - for children, elderly and the rest of the community. Will exiting/entering cars in a hurry give way to pedestrians?

    A little more thought should be given to the surrounding community when considering this ridiculous proposal, those residents who are stuck with it, not just the convenience for 'city workers heading home at night to stop and grab a few things'. The residents will not be driving through and leaving Middle Camberwell. They are stuck with the amenity loss forever.

  27. Concerned Middle Camberwell Resident wrote to local councillor Heinz Kreutz

    @ Lucy of Camberwell and @ NS Kassy

    Thank you for acknowledging the surrounding houses (east/west and north) have historical character from the 1920s and 30s. The shops in the strip do too. The icecream shop and the florist are protected by a heritage overlay. The dental surgery has been reported as of individual historical significance.

    We have an existing supermarket, Woolworths, (with permission to develop any time in the future) - why would you want the variety of serivces used by the community removed to put a second supermarket opposite an existing supermarket taking up the whole block? It would make more sense to put in a variety of shops on the subject site. The building detail could definitely be improved upon. The proposal could have canopy trees. Less 'major shopping centre style' illuminated signage.

    If you think the traffic is a nightmare now, wait until this proposal is built. You will definitely go and shop at the Junction because Middle Camberwell will be so congested (212 car parks).. There are no traffic signals proposed for the 4 driveways to Riversdale Rd from the proposed supermarket, so you will have traffic turning from both sides of Riversdale Road east and west - accidents waiting to happen.

    4 driveways across the footpath is not pedestrian friendly - for children, elderly and the rest of the community. Will exiting/entering cars in a hurry give way to pedestrians?

    A little more thought should be given to the surrounding community when considering this ridiculous proposal, those residents who are stuck with it, not just the convenience for 'city workers heading home at night to stop and grab a few things'. The residents who live here will not be driving through and leaving Middle Camberwell. They are stuck with the amenity loss forever.

    Delivered to local councillor Heinz Kreutz. They are yet to respond.

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