Planning application at 400-402 Collins Street Melbourne 3000
May 19, 2019, 5:34 a.m.
Dear Rohan Leppert
I am disappointed that there has been a request for the demolition of the building - 400-402 Collins St. We have lost so much of the old Melbourne. More information for others to see can be found on these websites:
Under the Melbourne Planning Scheme, the Council cannot grant a permit to demolish the building if the applicant does not propose the form of a new building to replace it.
As such this application is certain to be refused, and so it will not come to Council.
I can only speculate as to the reason the planning application was lodged. My best guess is that the owner is seeking to reduce the value of the land to $1 in order to avoid paying land tax. This issue was covered in the local press recently, and the only difference between this application and the other examples to date is that this application seeks to trigger S2(9) of the Valuation Of Land Act 1960 rather than S2(8).