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Soaring trends unsettle Camberwell
by Admin User - Friday, 15 August 2008, 03:10 AM
 

BRAG president Jack Roach, right, with concerned trader Doug Gale and resident Janine Bennett who want Camberwell protected from inappropriate development.BRAG president Jack Roach, right, with concerned trader Doug Gale and resident Janine Bennett who want Camberwell protected from inappropriate development.

http://www.leadernews.com.au/article/2008/08/12/40833_ppv_news.html

Cassie  Maher   12Aug08
RESIDENTS fighting to save Camberwell from overdevelopment say their worst fears are being realised with another high-rise development approval on the cards.

And they say they believe the centre's vulnerability has increased with the resignation of a Boroondara Council senior planner who was working on the Camberwell Junction draft structure plan.

A six-storey restaurant, office and apartment building at 19-32 Cookson St rejected by the council in January was given a tentative tick of approval by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on July 21.

Applicant Richard Gellard said he would address VCAT recommendations for increased height setbacks before resubmitting plans by September 1.

Boroondara Residents Action Group (BRAG) president Jack Roach said the decision was another example of VCAT supporting the State Government's aim to fill Camberwell with tall buildings, despite resident and council objections.

He said the December approval of a 14-storey tower at the former Henley Honda site set a precedent for inappropriate development.

BRAG vice-president Mary Drost said the proposed "ugly monstrosity" in Cookson St did not fit with heritage surrounds.

She said traffic concerns were not addressed by VCAT with parking already at "saturation level".

Planning director Phillip Storer said the council stood by its initial criticism of the development's height and scale and would make a submission on the amended plans.

Camberwell station developer Tenterfield last month confirmed it would take its $50 million, council-rejected plans to VCAT.

The architect of a proposed seven-story hotel above Sofia's restaurant in Burke Rd will also take his council-opposed plans to VCAT (Progress Leader, July 29).

High-rise sites
* Camberwell station (six-storey), pending VCAT approval
* Hotel above Sofia's (seven-storey), pending VCAT approval
* The Well (seven-storey), constructed
* Former Henley Honda site (14-storey), approved
* 851 Burke Rd (five-storey), under construction