CRA planning objections and VCAT Hearings

* 299 Lygon Street – Pidapipo Gelateria – TP-2017-83

The City of Melbourne has received an application to install outdoor speakers at the above address.
Carlton Residents Association believes that the playing of amplified music outside a business premises in Lygon Street is inappropriate and detracts from the quiet enjoyment of food and associated socialising that much of Lygon Streets outdoor area is used for.
It appears to be a retrospective application, because the speakers have already been installed and their prior use was found to have had a negative impact on the ambience and general amenity of the public realm and for patrons dining alfresco at nearby restaurants.
The character of Lygon Street would be unimaginable should there be a proliferation of similar installations.
Carlton Residents Association believes that approval should not be granted and that the existing speakers should be removed.
Read CRA Objection

* 599-605 Swanston St – TP-2016-259 – 21 Jun

Construction of a 15 storey student accommodation development. CRA concerns related to the heritage, carparking, loading provisions and net community benefit.
Permit issued, negligible concessions to objections.
Read CRA Objection

* 435-439 Cardigan St – TP-2016-474 – 24 Aug

Alterations to existing student accommodation complex. CRA sought a site management plan to address neighbourhood amenity issues.
CoM issued permit addressing CRA concerns.
Read CRA Objection

* 163-165 Canning St – TP-2016-510 – 22 Sep

Demolition of 2 terrace houses and construction of 2 new dwellings. CRA requested that the CoM commission a heritage report to assess the impact on the existing streetscape.
CoM issued permit determining that the proposed development was generally compliant with the performance standards of Clause 22.05 (Heritage Places outside the Capital City Zone) of the Local Planning Policy Framework.
Read CRA Objection

* 220-234 Leicester St /197-235 Bouverie St – TP-2016-798 – 23 Nov

‘Graduate House’ The proposal is to redevelop most of the site, demolishing a large proportion of the terrace housing fronting Leicester St and construct a 12 storey building at the rear. CRA is of the opinion that the demolition is excessive, the proposed 12 stories to the rear is an over development of the site and the facade treatment is unsympathetic to the heritage precinct.
CoM processing.
Read CRA Objection

* 10 &12 Drummond Place – TP-2016-864 – 6 Dec

Construct 2 new dwellings on vacant land. CRA has concerns relating to urban design and heritage issues.
CoM processing.
Read CRA Objection

* 377-391 Cardigan St – TP-2014-1011/A 7 Dec

The Clyde Hotel, proposes to construct a roof top bar. CRA sought permit conditions addressing trading hours, outdoor live music, an acoustic reoort and a site management plan.
CoM processing.
Read CRA Objection

* 10 Magenta Pl – TP-2016-1031 – 3 Feb

Change of use from warehouse. Construction of 6 storey residential development.
CRA concerned that it exceeds the DDO maximum height of 4 storeys, is an over development of the site and has setback and over shadowing issues. CoM processing.
Read CRA Objection

* 61-63 Little Palmerston St-TP-2014-953

Alterations including 3 storey extension to existing dwelling. CoM is assessing the application.
CRA has objected in relation to the bulk of the proposal and heritage issues.
NOD by CoM to issue a permit, however decision appealed by an objector.
Read CRA Objection

* 291- 299 Lygon Street/222 – 224 Faraday Street – King & Godfree – TP-2016-188

This application is for building and works in a Commercial 1 Zone, but it is the change of use which it is designed to accommodate that is CRA’s principal concern. A major roof top restaurant and entertainment venue is proposed, which will accommodate an additional 350 plus patrons, with DJ and amplified music.
CRA attended the VCAT compulsory conference with CoM and 2 other objectors. A mediated outcome resulted in a permit being granted with conditions acceptable to all parties present. 
Read CRA Objection

* 205 – 223 Pelham St/81 Barry St (Reece Site) – TP-2016-46

A change of ownership and the acquisition of the adjoining Barry St site has generated a new application for use of the combined sites for student accommodation. CRA considers the new proposal to be even more inappropriate than the one originally approved by VCAT. (TP-2014-59)
The site is within the extended Capital City Zone with the attendant constraints on third party rights.
However, CRA lodged an objection raising concerns including heritage, traffic, unloading, combined with serious internal amenity issues.
CoM issued a permit with small concessions to CRA concerns.
Read CRA Objection

* 558-568 Swanston Street – TP-2015-1057  23 November 2015

17 storey mixed use development proposed for a site with a preferred maximum height of 9 storeys.
The applicant has taken the CoM to VCAT for failure to make a decision within the prescribed time.
CRA was represented for the full 7 days of this VCAT hearing, the outcome of which is still awaited.
VCAT issued permit with minor concessions to CRA concerns.
Read CRA Objection

* 1-23 Rathdowne Street – TP-2015-636

Change of use from office to Leisure & Recreation – CRA concerns relate to the amenity issue for nearby residents, traffic and car parking.
CoM refused Permit    The applicant has appealed to VCAT.
Subsequently the applicant withdrew the application to be heard at VCAT.

Read CRA Objection
Read CoM refusal here

* 122-136 Berkeley Street – TP-2015-1146

Application for 12 storey development. CRA’s involvement will be constrained due to the subject site falling within the Capital City Zone, however the concerns raised in our objection related to height, lack of on-site loading provisions and the lack of nonresidential on-site car parking.
CoM issued permit, concessions included: reduced height at the east end, creation of a pedestrian through way from front to rear and transfer of    ownership of a portion of the site to CoM to facilitate vehicular access in the rear lane.
Read CRA Objection

* 66-68 Lygon Street – Downtowner – VCAT Appeal – TP-2014-734  1 September
Great News: Council refusal to grant a permit is upheld by VCAT!!

Read CRA Advice to Objectors
Read CRA Objection
Read CoM Refusal to Grant a Permit

* 205-223 Pelham StreetReece PlumbingTP-2014-59

Hearing complete – VCAT decision was to grant a permit
Construction of a 15 storey building for the purpose of dwellings and a ground floor shop and waiver of car parking and loading requirements for the shop.
Read CRA Objection
Read CoM Refusal to Grant a Permit
Read CRA Statement of Grounds for VCAT

* 23-31 Lincoln Square South – TP-2015-440  25 May
More Great News: Council refusal of permit is upheld by VCAT!

Hearing complete. VCAT upheld CoM refusal to grant permit
Applicant lodged VCAT appeal based on CoM failure to issue a decision within the prescribed time and has lodged amended drawings reducing the number of storeys to 15.
VCAT upheld CoM decision. Permit Refused
Read CRA objection

* 391-395 Rathdowne Street TP-2015-583 6 July 2015

Ground floor commercial with 4 levels of residential. CoM has issued NOD to approve this revised proposal, which is one storey lower, with a different facade treatment. This addresses CRA’s main concerns. CRA does not anticipate any further action.
The applicant has appealed the conditions imposed by the CoM permit. VCAT hearing will review. CRA does not intend to participate.
A mediated permit was issued at VCAT, with a relaxation of some of the original conditions imposed. The principal gains were the removal of one storey from the original submission and alternative facade treatment.
Read CoM Permit conditions here

* 4-12 Leicester Place TP-2015-983 29 October 2015

Construction of 20 storey mixed use development on an extremely restricted site accessed by narrow laneways.
Applicant has taken CoM to VCAT for not making a decision within the statutory period.
CRA has objected but has been excluded due to C196.
VCAT upheld CoM decision. Permit refused.
Read CRA Objectiion

* 86 – 94 Pelham Street – TP-2015-742  19 August Cnr Cardigan Street

Construction of an 8 storey mixed use development currently 4 storey height limit with significant heritage assets adjoining.
The Applicant has appealed the CoM Refusal. VCAT hearing scheduled for September 2016.
CRA lodged a submission with VCAT and along with CoM took part in the compulsory conference which resulted in a mediated permit being granted.
The building was reduced in height by 1 storey with corner set backs, in deference to the adjacent heritage buildings.
The applicant has subsequently lodged a request to vary the permit conditions.
CRA awaits details
Read CRA Objection
Read City of Melbourne Refusal

* 79-87 Canning St – TP-2015-694 5 August

Demolish existing building and construct 8 new townhouses
CRA concerns were: overlooking, overshadowing, heritage and set back issues.
CoM issued NOD to grant a permit with conditions partially addressing CRA concerns. CRA will not be appealing the CoM decision.
CoM issued permit
Read CRA Objection
Read CoM Notice of Determination

* 701-703 Swanston Street – TP-2013-337/A  1 June

Seeking to amend previous permit conditions to allow playing amplified music on rooftop.
CRA concerned by potential amenity issues for surrounding residents.
City of Melbourne issued NOD to grant a permit with conditions generally addressing CRA’s concerns
CoM approval has been appealed resulting in a VCAT hearing
A subsequent appeal to VCAT has been withdrawn and a permit issued.
Read CRA Objection
Read CoM Notice of Determination to grant permit

* 53-63 Queensberry Street – TP-2014-399  26 May

Romanian Orthodox Church
Application to create permanent vehicular access to Church front garden.
CRA has heritage concerns
CoM refused application.
Applicant has appealed to VCAT.
June 2016 – Mixed ruling by VCAT: Minor building works approved, CoM Heritage Decision Upheld
Read CRA Objection
Read CoM Refusal to Grant Permit

* Challis Lane – proposal to name lane

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* 101-103 Drummond Street – TP-2015-384  11 May

To develop and use the premises for student accommodation
CRA requested appropriate site management controls.
CoM issued a Notice of Determination to grant a permit with conditions addressing CRA’s concerns.
Read CRA Objection
Read CoM Notice of Determination to Grant a Permit

* 100-102 Bouverie Street – TP-2015-273  8 April

VCAT Appeal February 2016
Applicant lodged the appeal based on CoM failure to issue a decision within the prescribed time,
CRA excluded from VCAT hearing as a consequence of the recent gazettal of Amendment C196
Permit granted

Read CRA Objection

* 176-178 Canning Street – TP-2015-295  15 April

2 Storey extension to existing dwelling.
CRA’s concerns relate to over shadowing of adjoining open space
Permit granted.
Read CRA Objection
Read CoM Notice of Determination to Grant a Permit

* 193-197 Nicholson Street – Fernwood Gymnasium – TP-1998-476/A  29 April 2015

Permit issued, CRA and objector concerns largely addressed by the permit conditiions.
Read CoM permit conditions
Read CRA Objection

* 41 Macarthur Place South – TP-2014-1013  18 November

Concerns regarding height and bulk. Heritage report requested.
Permit issued – revised application generally addressed CRA’s concerns.
Read CRA Objection
Read CoM Notice of Determination to Grant a Permit

* 15 – 31 Pelham St Carlton – TP-2013-630  12 August


The City of Melbourne’s ‘Refusal to Grant a Permit’ was upheld by VCAT at the November 2014 hearing

CRA objection outline:

Carlton Residents Association believes that this proposal,  resulting in an 8 storey building, is inappropriate for the following reasons:

  • The scale, height and bulk are all excessive
  • It is inappropriate within the Royal Exhibition Building World Heritage Buffer zone
  • It degrades the adjacent heritage listed buildings at 31-35 Pelham Street and 150 Drummond St
  • The highly graded heritage streetscapes of Drummond, Rathdowne and Pelham Streets will be severely impacted
  • The amenity of the existing dwellings in the two residential buildings at 121 and 125 –139 Rathdowne Street will be severely diminished