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In Ivanhoe VIC on “Development of an apartment...” at 24 & 26 Lower Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe, VIC:

Helen Mav commented

The proposed development at 24-26 Lower Heidleberg Rd is out of character for the area. It is a massive structure of horizontal bulk that runs around 60m in width across two blocks. It appears as 5 levels when viewed from opposite and in some areas exceeds the allowed 3 storeys. It's mass and bulk both verticle and horizontal is not fitting of its environment. The building has no breaks or articulation on any side which makes it monotonous and overly reflective as it is one massive glass structure. It grows as you look at it in the way it is built into the slope instead of being harmonised into its environment, it leaps out and spoils the beauty of this grreen belt.
Rear setacks have been ignored and the massive 60+m wide tructure with its lavish balconies and glass facade will overlook into private backyards spaces of residents on Latham St and the homes next to it. Parking is not sufficient for residents who will put more pressure on parking in surrounding streets. This appartment block is in a residential part of Ivanhoe that is an entry into the unique fairy hills, this is not a commercial zone that such a monstocity could live on, it is not upper heidleberg rd, it does not back onto a train line or car park as other large developments in the area do...it backs into peoples back yards. What we do here sets the precident for this part of Ivanhoe and Fairy Hills so lets get it right. Imagine what extra traffic this 57 appartment complex will introduce and the pressure on our schools. Drop off and pick ups at Ivanhoe Grammar will become even more of a hazard. Please stop this disrespectful development!

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