Planning application at 16-22 Gatehouse Drive Kensington VIC 3031
April 1, 2017, 3:55 a.m.
Having read the comments regarding this development, I echo these in my objection to the planning authority.
As a resident of Kensington, I strongly object to the proposed development to construct a mixed multi storey building, change of use to accommodation (dwelling) and a reduction to the parking requirements of clause 52.06 in this location.
The following points state how the proposal will negatively affect our community.
• Traffic Congestion.
The proposed 82 Apartments with 1 to 2 cars per household (http://profile.id.com.au/australia/car-ownership) will introduce an additional 82 to 164 cars to the immediate vicinity. Traffic in the morning and evening is already at a standstill on Gatehouse Drive, let alone adding an influx of traffic to an already busy area.
• Lack of car parking.
Please do not reduce the car parking requirements for this development. This will only serve to benefit developers, whilst leaving the local community significantly worse off. Parking is already a struggle and this will vastly exacerbate the problem. Any development of 16-22 Gatehouse Drive must have adequate parking included.
• Out of Character
This development is totally inappropriate for Kensington Banks and will have a negative impact on the surrounding environment as both an eye sore, as well as significantly affect the distribution of natural light in the surrounding area.
This proposed development is not in keeping with the Kensington Banks area and height restrictions should be addressed – this is three times (x3) the height of apartments across the road and is totally inappropriate for a suburban area, as it creates privacy concerns for nearby neighbours.
As a resident of Kensington Banks for the past 5 years, I fear that a beautiful pocket of Kensington is becoming a densely populated nightmare! With all of the additional high rise apartments currently being constructed nearby (corner Epsom & Ascot Vale Rds and Footscray Rd) this further addition will crush us. We simply do not have the infrastructure to cope with more cars – which affects parking and road congestion, as well as a complete lack of privacy for existing residences.
Kensington is a 'community' which seems to have been targeted for building apartments for the masses. It is already a day to day struggle to find parking, fight local traffic and get anywhere at all in your car when there is an event on at the Show Grounds.
You simply must consider these multiple factors as well as the local communities’ opinions before adding another high rise building with no care for the outcome for the people who live in this area.
This is not something that will improve our way of life or make Melbourne a better place to live. More apartments is not the way to go, better infrastructure and planning is what this city desperately needs.