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Friday, 15 September 2017

Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place

In July, the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) refused an application for “Construction of a 10-storey mixed use building over two basement levels containing 175 dwellings and two retail premises of 355 square metres and a reduction in car parking requirements”. The application was refused on many grounds but included overshadowing of the foreshore and pedestrian spaces, and visual bulk and massing related to tower design.

It is a great shame that the site continues to look like a rubbish tip. The BCNA has raised this with the CoPP many, many times. We have been told that CoPP's Local Laws are ineffective in enforcing a clean-up and that a review of Local laws offered the hope of a solution. Unfortunately, this has turned out not to be the case. The recently completed review did not reveal any further way that Local Laws could be strengthened to deal with this situation.

The BCNA has written to the Mayor asking for a public explanation.

London Hotel Site

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) recently approved plans for a redevelopment of this site, but with amendments after community input.

The approval is for an eight storey building, including basement car park, 18 apartments and a hotel. The amendments are for the inclusion of three onsite visitor parking bays; increased setback of the upper levels to ensure that the pedestrian path on the foreshore is not overshadowed after 10am throughout the year; and the inclusion of a heritage record about the London Hotel.