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In Northcote VIC on “RE-ADVERTISING: Amend the...” at 2 Mc Cutcheon Street Northcote VIC 3070:

Maria Poletti commented

1. There is an oversupply of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in Darebin, and an undersupply of 3 or more bedroom separate housing for families. This development adds to the imbalance because it replaces 2 family homes with 29, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments
2. Very poor internal amenity of some of the one bedroom flats at less than 50sq metres.
3. The proposal is inconsistent with the neighbourhood character of the area.
4. The proposal lacks the required number of car parking spaces offering only 29 of 34.
5. The proposed development does not respect preferred sustainability characteristics of the area.
6. Traffic and parking congestion will be an issue as the proposed development will increase both. The increased congestion in the street will also pose a significant risk to the safety of the many children and elderly who use the street to walk to nearby schools, kindergartens and community activities.
7. Taking into account the predominant single story, free standing houses in the immediate vicinity, the proposed application is an over-development for this site.
8. The visual bulk from the built scale of the proposed development will be very imposing as it will be visible from surrounding properties and the street.
9. The proposed development does not add net value to the community.
10. The number of objections indicates the scale of the negative social effect on the community.
11. The proposed development does not meet standards set in the Darebin Planning Scheme amendments appropriate for this street.
12. There is no guarantee that the proposed development will provide affordable accommodation.

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