Recent comments on applications from Darebin City Council, VIC

  1. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Jenny semple commented

    Completely inappropriate and far too high . Will not fit in with the area or work in with the All Nations Park or the surrounding area . Reducing car park is just ridiculous and clearly not helpful for local shoppers ! This development will increase traffic in the area , with more cars !!!
    Northcote is already losing a lot of its housing character, which is unique . This will just add to that loss and damage . Why would Council even consider this ???

  2. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Elif Cetiner commented

    The scale of this development is significant and not in keeping with the scale of other development in the area. The impact on traffic will be significant and the need for parking greater. There are already numerous apartment developments in the area and no consideration for public transport and the impact on liveability in the area. There needs to be adequate time for community consultation and for the impacts of the proposal to be considered.

  3. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Paul W commented

    Northcote Plaza is currently a strata title that has had little or no investment over the past 30 years, a re-development such as this will be nothing but an asset our community. Would you prefer an ageing Kmart and secondary Coles or a community hub with a library, childcare centre, public landscaped spaces and a gallery?

    Sites such as this, so close to the city, serviced by multiple modes of PT should be first in line to be developed to assist with affordable housing for younger generations. This particular site is over 200m from High Street and I fail to see how the character of high street will be detrimentally impacted at all.

    In over 10 years of living in the area the car park has never once been completely full and I have always been able to find a park.

    Any COVID related arguements against this development are irrelevant and are being used as an excuse to oppose a project that will benefit the whole community when complete.

  4. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Jenny Maiolo commented

    29 stories? This is 20 too much. This is destructive to the atmosphere of this community. It will be the slum ghetto of the future if the developers are grAnted their request. Think about the number of apartments and residents this would number and the burden placed on local resources - schools, transport etc. The loss of car parking is also a critical failure of design. I am a Darebin resident residing in Alphington that relies on these supermarkets and the ability to park my car to shop and use the local medical services.

  5. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Stuart Mitchell commented

    This proposed development is far too tall and out of character for the neighbourhood. It will destroy the community feel that existed with Northcote plaza and dominate over the village vibe of High Stree, casting long shadows in the mornings and afternoons. To reduce parking in the area while increasing residences and shops is completely crazy. This development would be catastrophic for the neighbourhood and the community

  6. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Chris Clarke commented

    All Darebin residents should be provided with more information including the actual plans and the timeframe for residents objections should be extended because of Covid.
    On the face of it the scale of the proposal is totally innappropriate. The existing far smaller tower is already an eyesore overlooking our best central park.
    We dont want parks taken over as the private backyards to massive residential towers.
    Parts of the park are already bare from high usage.
    There is already a shortage of carparking at the Plaza and any parks removed should be replaced.
    The landscaping at the Plaza is disgraceful with a lack of trees and large areas of bitumen with no shade. Council needs to encourage the owners to fix up the dilapidated grounds and merge the landscaping with the park - not allow massive overdevelopment.
    The planned tower would overlook Santa Maria College girls school and should be opposed by the school and all parents. It will shade the school in winter when sun is needed the most.

  7. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Sarah Murphy commented

    This is the perfect thing to do if you want to ruin a liveable suburb, making it completely un-liveable. Parking is already an issue, 20 levels must be a joke. Covid is highlighting the issues of high density Living. Congestion on roads is also becoming an issue. Greed is certainly ruining what was a wonderful little suburb. This development will completely change the face of Northcote, which is becoming unrecognisable.

  8. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Sue Burgess commented

    In a post-COVID world, this development is just completely inappropriate. More than ever, people are staying inside and when they go out, they are avoiding public transport. This means that more parking than ever will be required to service the shopping precinct and the apartments themselves, which will need to be more spacious and better designed to allow for the needs of post-COVID living.
    Already on this site there is an ugly and oversized development. Do not compound this error by doubling down on it.

  9. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Sandra Morris commented

    This development is too large. It will completely change the streetscape in this part of Darebin. Post COVID we will not need the density of housing like this so close to the city. We should be learning from COVID and thinking about the lessons for our recovery planning, this development must be considered in that light. Further reduction of parking will affect resident action to All Nations park and will also affect traders on High Street who are already reeling from COVID. If the Council is serious about maintaining the unique nature of High Street they need to oppose this development.

  10. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Stephen leah commented

    Disappointing to see so many negative comments about a woefully under used site. The Plaza is a Northcote icon in the best and worst ways. Let's be constructive instead of the usual NO NO NO. I remember Northcote / Thornbury 20 years ago and it was dead. Population expansion, demographic change and, yes, gentrification have all been (for the most part) good for the area that has evolved so much. Let's not kid ourselves that we live in a "village", we live in a thriving, independent metropolitan hub that maintains excellent transport links, access to no end of amenities and manages to retain its identity and community feel better than most. Of course the amenity of the park should be protected, the scale of the project proposed should be questioned and the quality of the planning and design outcomes should be high and well considered.

    Let's practice what we preach regarding wanting sustainable development outcomes and yes, often that means fewer cars, (we cannot ween ourselves off our car dependency if we constantly provide more) we cannot enjoy the benefits of population expansion and demographic change if we do not acknowledge that well connected and liveable suburbs need to evolve in a rapidly growing city. Northcote is well placed to do this and the plaza site in particular is well placed to do this because if not here then where, and the answer is not in my backyard.

    So please let's be constructive, by all means object but let's move beyond the predictable and outdated outrage regarding car parking numbers and ensure we get a well designed, sustainable and appropriately scaled development...

  11. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Jennifer Nathan commented

    All Nations park is such an asset to the Northcote community to impose another multi-level accommodation on its fringe would ruin the amenity and overcrowd a popular recreation spot. This proposal exploits public facilities while appearing to contribute very little to the community.

  12. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Karolinka Gruba commented

    Inappropriate for the area. We don’t need more high rise development.
    We need more green, open areas and space. Especially given the current and future infection concerns.
    Reducing car park space is a joke as the people using, visiting the site will
    Increase not decrease.
    Poor planning and future management on behalf of all involved

  13. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Katherine Palella commented

    I don't even know where to start with this? 29 stories? While I understand higher density living is necessary, this is extreme and out of character for the area. This density seems to reek of another another middle class slum of barely liveable apartments masquerading as a "community hub". Is there an appropriate infrastructure plan for roads and transport to keep up with this? Doubtful.

    Heavily reduced parking will not stop people from owning cars, instead it will force car owners in apartments to park on streets, reducing movement of visitors to the shopping centres and aid in a revenue raising activity for the council. This is 100% an example of punishing citizens for the benefit of developers and corporations under the guise of a green initiative that hobbles areas like this with hostile living conditions

  14. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Robert Follis commented

    This development is outrageously large and way oversize for the area. 29 stories will tower over the area and is undoubtedly a developer joke, hoping the planners will say oh maybe 24 stories then! Just going to be more developer sky slums of the future! Max height should be related to surrounding buildings and no more.

    There should be NO reduced car parking. Lack of spaces sadly never ever stops people using cars, it just puts parked cars on all surrounding streets. This is just developer cheap-skating, mandate an on-site underground car park or no approval OR have a covenant for no car ownership.

  15. In Northcote VIC on “The building to contain 40...” at 231 St Georges Road Northcote VIC 3070:

    Robert Follis commented

    There should be NO reduced car parking. Lack of spaces sadly never ever stops people using cars, it just puts parked cars on all surrounding streets. This is just developer cheapskating, mandate an on-site underground car park or no approval OR have a covenant for no car ownership.

  16. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Lara Finlayson commented

    Reduction in parking is completely inappropriate at a time when we are unfortunately using more cars and less public transport (which is likely to be ongoing thanks to covid-19)

  17. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Anne Gatt commented

    This development is out of character for the area, will overwhelm neighbouring residents, and will destroy the village feel of the area. The ‘Northcote Green’ development proposal states that it will create a social centre for Northcote - we already have that, a lovely community on High Street. The council should look at how hard the community fought against the development proposed on the Piedmonte’s site in Fitzroy North, and ask the developer to reconsider their plans. A smaller development footprint that fits the size of the existing plaza, a limit on the height of the building to the existing residential tower (which is already ridiculous), and no reduction in parking.

  18. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Charlie Kang commented

    Far too high and out of character for surrounding buildings. Will cast long shadows in the afternoon for houses to the east. Not enougj parking.

  19. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Claire Boyce commented

    A reduction in car parking for more development in the area is completely ridiculous.

    Already it is full. It will just become a place where people don't go because they can't park. The reason people take their cars when shopping is that they buy things which are bulky, heavy and too hard to carry home.

    There actually needs to be parking developed commesurate with the development.

  20. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Helen moss commented

    20 storeys is too high. Extra Car parking is needed Not reduced carparking. In the middle of a pandemic now is the time to think about How best to reduce The spread of disease - 29 storeys isn’t going to do this

  21. In Northcote VIC on “Redevelopment of the...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Magda Akkerman commented

    This is completely too large for the surrounding area and will overwhelm an already crowded area!

  22. In Reservoir VIC on “A medium density housing...” at 16 Carrington Road Reservoir VIC 3073:

    Leigh Melling commented

    We have an issue with another dual occupancy build being allowed on carrington rd. There have been 4 groups built (with another already approved) along our short section of carrington rd in the last 3-4 years. It is directly across the road from a primary school and should be taken into consideration also.

  23. In Fairfield VIC on “Proposed construction of...” at 167 Station Street Fairfield VIC 3078:

    Yuki commented

    There is a very limited number of parking spots in Station St, Gillies St, Mitchell St and Arthur St. There is already a high demand for parking by people going to the Station Street shops and lawn bowls on Gillies St. Insufficient parking at Fairfield train station means commuters are parking on nearby streets. As such, there is already a significant parking problem which should not be exacerbated by the waiving of the requirement for visitor parking in the development of 167 Station St Fairfield. I do not support the waiving of visitor parking, and the onus should be on the developer to include visitor parking on this site.

  24. In Preston VIC on “Application lodged in error” at 1/2 Josephine Grove Preston VIC 3072:

    Chris Erlandsen commented

    This line of native gum trees are an important part of the neighbourhood and should be retained, for a bit of urban forest that they provide. Their good health and maturity means that they have all reached the status of being significant trees and Council should be doing every thing they can, to protect them. With an increasing reduction of large canopy trees in the locality, through more and more subdivisions, there is less and less likelihood that trees like these magnificent species will be planted in future.

  25. In Reservoir VIC on “Construction of a medium...” at 57 Miranda Road Reservoir VIC 3073:

    Nicholas Ainscough commented

    Reviewing the plans and shading

  26. In Reservoir VIC on “Proposed construction of...” at 647 Gilbert Road Reservoir VIC 3073:

    Emma commented

    I have big concerns with medium density housing on this corner. It is already very dense with parking due to another medium density building opposite this proposed site.
    Parking is a huge issue on Vale street at the corner of Gilbert road. It is often the case that if turning from Gilbert road into Vale street -you have to wait for oncoming traffic as all the parked cars (along Vale street) make this street a one-way access only.

  27. In Fairfield VIC on “A medium density...” at 164 Rathmines Street Fairfield VIC 3078:

    Marion Gray commented

    Please keep the trees if at all possible. They are important to the neighbourhood.

  28. In Preston VIC on “Mixed use development...” at 36-46 High Street Preston VIC 3072:

    Stephanie Stojcevska commented

    I strongly object to the application to the above planning proposal for a multitude of reasons as stated below;

    1. Obstruction of view; which ultimately will reduce the amount of natural light and therefore affect quality of life.
    2. Sun obstruction over pool area as well as the potential new dwelling overlooking the Newbury’s pool area. This is a concerning privacy issue for current Newbury residents if they were to use and facilitate the pool area.
    3. If above planning proposal is approved, the construction work would disrupt residents, as well as create dust and debris over pool area as well onto residents balconies and furthermore, inside their apartments. This is a major concern and can potentially cause health hazards for residents with properties that face over High Street.
    4. Residents of the Newbury are required to pay body corporate fee’s for the general maintenance of the building. If above planning proposal is approved, the pool will become uninhabitable for use, due the potential dwelling blocking natural light therefore, residents of the Newbury's body corporate fee’s are unjustified.
    5. If above planning proposal is approved, it would ultimately devalue all properties facing the High Street side.

    I hope you consider my submission of objection to the application stated above.

    Kindest,
    Stephanie

  29. In Preston VIC on “Mixed use development...” at 36-46 High Street Preston VIC 3072:

    Chantelle Brown commented

    I want to oppose this application to build a huge complex butting up against the Newbury building. This would completely shut me in with no light which will significantly reduce my comfort and health and well-being. The noise from construction would affect all residence and create a lot of health hazards for our appartments and pool. We would never be able to open our doors and have light coming in. This would significantly affect the value of my property.

  30. In Northcote VIC on “Proposed demolition of...” at 83 Charles Street Northcote VIC 3070:

    Clare iacono commented

    If there is a heritage overlay why is the existing building allowed to be demolished?

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