Planning application at The Quiet Man Hotel 265-271 Racecourse Road Kensington VIC 3031
Feb. 15, 2017, 10:37 a.m.
I have lived in the area for over two years now. My partner has lived here and established a home for nearly 20 years. To hear that the quiet man is going to be demolished into more flats is more then disappointing its an outrage. Since moving here I have seen a surreal number of flats being built not in keeping with the area. However far more important than this is that the pub is a social community support in the local neighbourhood. The last thing that Flemington or the surrounding areas are more flats. What about community, socialisation and intergration of people that live in the area. Melbourne to me is no longer a livable city. I love living in this area but why is no one concerned in the government or local council about families, communities and brining people together. This is what this family orientated pub does. In addition why are we not protecting this historic building, does no one have respect for history anymore.
I am disgusted that this is being proposed and that his xan seemingly happen without the community being advised. Please bring some sense to this and stop this development before small suburbs are stripped off their community, identity and heart of these neighbourhoods that I have come to love.
From Denise Browne to local councillor Rohan Leppert
I am keeping a close eye on the application as it progresses through the system. Until the matter comes to a Committee meeting I am unable to influence the process in any way, however.
The pub is my local (I live on Rankins Road), and I know it well. I would love it if the Quiet Man remained open, however there are a couple of stark realities to take into consideration. First, it is in a commercial zone, which allows a broad range of uses, and government has no tools at its disposal to direct that the site's use remain as a pub, let alone direct that it continue trading. The provisions of this zone were set by the State Government. Second, we do not have any planning tools to direct that the building be retained on heritage grounds; the Kensington Heritage review which was adopted only 3 years ago did not put this building in a heritage overlay. So the planning rules that Councillors are bound to uphold do support there being significant changes at this site. The scale, design and mix of uses of the proposal will need to be tested rigorously, however - it is a very significant change to Racecourse Rd after all - and that is the process that our planning officers are undertaking at the moment.
I will be keenly scrutinising the recommendation when it is made to Councillors.
All the best
Cr Rohan Leppert Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio Chair This email is intended solely for the named addressee. If you are not the addressee indicated please delete it immediately.