Planning application at 78 Sackville Street Kew VIC 3101
March 6, 2017, 4:24 a.m.
I have lived in North Balwyn for over 50 years, but my beautiful North Balwyn is rapidly changing, and not for good. There are ugly, huge McMansions popping up in every single street. They are replacing lovely old homes with character which were built after the war, and ripping out old established gardens contributing to loss of homes for numerous birds, possums, and other wildlife. The North Balwyn of old has gone and sadly will never be the same. Most new developments are built from fence line to fence line and seem to be designed and built rapidly, with little or no thought to natural shade (most requiring costly air conditioning systems) or beauty, and most would better suit the French or Italian countryside, not suburban melbourne. Being very large, some new developments overshadow houses on either side, and lack the large treed gardens of previous homes, as developers just demolish both existing house and garden. When is this inappropriate development going to stop? When there are no old houses left? That will be a sad day indeed. We should be maintaining our history not bulldozing It!