Planning application at 16-22 Gatehouse Drive Kensington VIC 3031
April 25, 2017, 12:55 p.m.
Comments on why the Grandstand Apartments development should not be approved by Melbourne City Council
1. Loss of area’s character and integrity, and physical effects of the proposed ‘Grandstand’ Apartments
The proposed ‘Grandstand Apartments’ development is at odds with the Melbourne Planning Scheme http://planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/melbourne/ordinance/21_mss15_melb.pdf, in particular:
Housing • Ensure development in residentially zoned areas of Kensington maintains its generally low scale nature of heritage streetscapes and buildings. • Ensure development in Kensington Banks maintains its generally low scale nature Environment and heritage • Ensure development in the residentially zoned (stable residential) area of Flemington and Kensington maintains its generally low scale nature of heritage streetscapes and • buildings. • Ensure development in Kensington Banks maintains its generally low scale nature.
The scale and bulk of the development with 82 apartments proposed at a maximum building height of 9 storeys (34.5 meters) is inappropriate within the Kensington Banks boundary. The modular design form does not equate with the local character and heritage values of Kensington Banks, which is mostly medium density 2 to 4 story townhouse development incorporating communal open space and aspects of an earlier livestock and saleyards history.
It is disingenuous for the developers to equate this proposal as located in an extension of the Racecourse and Showgrounds precincts. Kensington Banks is residential rather than recreational. The proposed development is more appropriate to Docklands. It is out of character with surrounding dwellings and jeapodises the integrity of the Kensington Banks development which has been upheld internationally as an exemplar of urban renewal.
This development as outlined would affect us personally. The apartment ‘Grandstand’ would be visible from our premises, casting a shadow over our two-story townhouse and surrounding residences. Reduction of sunlight would affect our garden, our pets and our ability to enjoy sitting outside. Along with other neighbours we are now hesitant to install solar panels given potential loss of sunlight.
2. Carparking and traffic
The request by the developers for a reduction in carparking provision is completely unacceptable given the current existing lack of available resident parking in the area. This is particularly noticeable after business hours and at weekends when it is difficult to find parking. There is already a significant problem with finding visitor parking in the area.
Traffic is also an increasing safety problem in the area given Gatehouse St is used as a thoroughfare to and from Smithfield Road. Cars travel fast in a confined, heavily parked area. Pedestrians and drivers need to take extreme care crossing or turning into Gatehouse St. in particular. An increase in traffic and parking demand would compound existing problems for local residents and those in transit.
From Dr Leanne Howard to local councillor Cathy Oke