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Monday, 19 June 2017

London Hotel Redevelopment

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) has advertised plans for this site. The new proposal is for an 8-storey development (previously 8 storeys) comprising basement car parks, hotel and 18 dwellings (previously 35 dwellings). The new plans can be viewed on the Council’s website using this link (please be aware that due to the nature of the CoPP system it takes quite a while for the page to load and a few intermediate pages will flash up in the interim so ignore the intermediate pages and just wait for the final page to load) or by searching for application number number 1220/2016 online.

Council has agreed to provide a presentation to the BCNA in the coming weeks. The BCNA Committee will then decide its position with respect to the development.

Residents can object or support the proposal online using this link (please see above about ignoring the intermediate pages and waiting for the final page to load).

Friday, 16 June 2017

Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place

We continue to be asked as to what is happening at 1-7 Waterfront Place.

The BCNA wants to see the site appropriately developed and providing benefit to the community. This was explained in our April Newsletter.

The issue is with Council at this moment. Council staff tell us that they are frustrated that the developer/owner has not forwarded information required to adhere to the VCAT decision of 15 January 2015. Until this is done, the proposal cannot be fully assessed.

It is a great shame that the site looks like a rubbish tip. The BCNA has raised this with council many times. We are told that the Council’s Local Laws are ineffective in ordering a clean-up. Council is undertaking a review of Local Laws and we hope that they will prove effective.

Update on Fishermans Bend

The final version of the Fishermans Bend Vision was released in September 2016. The Vision has helped to inform the development of the Fishermans Bend Framework which is expected to be released in July 2017. The Framework is designed to guide planning and will include strategies for transport infrastructure (road, rail, trams, and road network), community infrastructure, public space, density, sustainability and activity centres. It will be finalised after community comment.

Precinct plans will then be prepared to reflect the fine grain detail.

The BCNA continues to have concerns about decision-making and funding for the redevelopment.

The project requires consistent decision making if the Vision is to be realised around 2050. Without consistency, investors and buyers will not have the certainty they require to make it worth their while to be involved. Similarly, the local community will not have confidence that the Vision can deliver benefits that they can share in. At present, decision making is complicated with decisions split between the Melbourne and Port Phillip Councils, the Victorian Government and VCAT (when there are disputes). Co-ordination and decision making is slower than if one organisation was responsible for all decisions.

There is no agreed funding. This means each Council and the Victorian Government must seek funds through their normal budget processes. Inevitably this means delays. The BCNA and South Port Urban Responsible Renewal (SPURR), an umbrella group representing 49 local organisations, has advocated on these issues and will continue to do so.

To date 6,594 residential dwellings have been approved with permit applications for a further 7,070 dwellings. There have been no applications for commercial developments.