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NEW MOVES TO CHANGE THIS DEVELOPMENT
by Admin User - Tuesday, 24 March 2009, 01:32 AM
 

The Age

THE LATEST ON THIS DISASTER IS THAT KFP HAS APPLIED TO VCAT TO AMEND THE PLANS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF APARTMENTS, RECONFIGURE PARKING , DELETE THE FITNESS CENTRE AND A MIRIAD OF OTHER CHANGES INCLUDING COMMUNAL FACILITIES ON THE ROOF OF THE EAST TOWER.

A NEW HEARING IS LISTED FOR 3 DAYS COMMENCING 20 MAY 2009. IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A SUBMISSION ON THE MATTER YOU NEED TO FILE YOUR STATEMENT OF GROUNDS WITH THE REGISTRAR BY 13 APRIL 2009 WITH COPIES TO COUNCIL AND THE DEVELOPER.

QUITE FRANKLY WE SEE THIS AS A DELAYING TACTIC TO EXTEND THE TIME BEFORE THEY HAVE TO START BUILDING PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT DIFFICULTIES IN OBTAINING FINANCE.

The previous story follows:-

The Boroondara Residents’ Action Group deplores the decision to approve FKP’s proposal on the former Henly Honda site at Camberwell Junction. Apart from the bulk and scale of the building , the design is out of character with the area and this complex will create massive traffic disruption at the Junction as well as overload local infrastructure.

One of the worst outcomes from the VCAT approval is the precedent this development will set.

Planning Minister Madden’s last minute intervention at the VCAT hearing virtually demanded that the panel approve the development, saying that the Henly Honda site is of strategic importance in bringing it’s “Melbourne 2030” planning blueprint to fruition

He further stated to the Panel that “a development of the scale proposed will stand as a benchmark for future development of the precinct, and an example of what Melbourne 2030 is directed towards”. Politically, to make an example of Camberwell has no downside for the Government.

What’s next, a 20 story development in the Junction precinct and maybe a 30 story to follow? What does this precedent set for VicTrack’s proposal for developing over Camberwell Station?

BRAG questions the independence of VCAT, it is after all appointed and funded by the Government and it is now clear that it will follow the Government’s line on development despite reasonable and logical resident objections. Research shows that 70% of VCAT decisions in Boroondara have favoured developers. The trend continues.

Camberwell has been targeted because it provides developers with good economic returns and they don’t care about the consequences. Furthermore, the Government’s economic strategy is based upon population growth driving building and construction, so the Government ensures developers get an easy ride.