Planning application at 400-402 Collins Street Melbourne 3000

H. Jordan sent a message to Rohan Leppert.

To
Rohan Leppert
From
H. Jordan
Subject
Planning application at 400-402 Collins Street Melbourne 3000
Date
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:

http://www.walkingmelbourne.com/building590_london-and-lancashire-building.html
http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/pictoria/gid/slv-pic-aab89745/1/a18334

I look forward to any information on the progress of this application. I do hope that Council recognises the visual and heritage value of this building and does not approve its demolition.


From H. Jordan to local councillor Rohan Leppert

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H. Jordan posted this message to you on PlanningAlerts in response to the following planning application.

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Planning Application for 400-402 Collins Street Melbourne 3000

Description: Demolition of the existing building

Read more and see what others have to say here:
https://www.planningalerts.org.au/applications/1229844?utm_campaign=view-application&utm_medium=email&utm_source=councillor-notifications

Best wishes,

PlanningAlerts
From
Rohan Leppert
Date
May 20, 2019, 5:56 p.m.
Dear H Jordan

Thank you for your email.

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).

Article:
https://cbdnews.com.au/heritage-owners-exploit-tax-loophole/

The applicant is well within their rights to lodge this application and I suggest no illegality on their part.

But rest assured that the building is not going to be demolished as a result of this planning application.

Kind regards

Rohan Leppert

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