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In Northcote VIC on “A mixed-use development...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

Janet Rayner commented

Parking is essential in this location to enable shoppers to purchase goods and transport them home again. A reduction in parking in this already busy shopping precinct will only add to congestion. A multi-storey building in this area with no additional parking will reduce the amenity of and access to All Nations Park and further add to congestion in Northcote.

Shadowing is also a concern for the park and nearby properties.

The biggest problem with the new wave of multi-storey buildings built along the corridors to the CBD is the poor design and size of internal living spaces in the residential units. This must be addressed in any new proposals or Northcote will be the slum of the future. It has already started when multiple apartment buildings were allowed to proceed on St Georges Rd and High St in Northcote, Thornbury and Preston. By not having car parking in these buildings (or reduced number of parking spaces) it has not made people not own cars it has just forced cars onto the already crowded streets.

Whilst I hear some people say this is not a COVID-19 argument, you would have to be naive to not at least consider how this will affect society in the future and this includes the types of buildings we will potentially live and work in and whether travelling on an already inadequate public transport system will be the best option.

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