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Fight for sign lost in Supreme Court 

Fight for sign lost in Supreme Court 

By Mark Marsden, Victorian Planning Reports Big outdoor advertising company, Octopus Media, has lost its fight in the Supreme Court to erect a new electronic sign on the rooftop at 500 Flinders St. It was reported in the March edition of CBD News that Octopus Media failed to win VCAT support to erect the new

Drawing a line in the sand: no more overshadowing at Birrarung Marr 

By Mark Marsden, Victorian Planning Reports Birrarung Marr is one of the city’s relatively new green spaces along the banks of the Yarra River that fulfils a number of different roles, including events, active and passive recreation. The closest high-rise buildings to Birrarung Marr are on the north side of Flinders St. These buildings are

Tribunal knocks back redevelopment of Flagstaff House

Flagstaff House is a “B” graded heritage building located opposite the Flagstaff Gardens on the corner of Batman and and King streets.  It was designed by Yuncken Freeman Architects in 1955 and developed for its office. It was considered a prototype building for subsequent “International Style” heritage buildings by Yuncken Freeman in Melbourne, most notably

Melbourne’s new built form controls – an end to hyper density?

Melbourne’s high-rise boom has resulted in higher density in parts of the city than other mega cities like New York and Hong Kong.  Amendment C270 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme, approved by the Minister before Christmas, seeks to rein this in. The amendment introduces new built form controls that impose new limits on building height,

Minister gives mixed signals on apartment sizes

In a recent VCAT case, Port Melbourne Land Custodians Pty Ltd v Minister for Planning [2016] VCAT 1643, developers lodged an appeal against a decision by the Minister for Planning to refuse a number of amendments to a planning permit for a proposed multi-tower apartment development in Plummer St Port Melbourne. Interestingly, one of his

Picking your decision-maker: Forum Theatre loses Supreme Court appeal

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal lodged by developers of the Forum Theatre that VCAT erred by ruling that the responsible authority for their proposed development was the City of Melbourne, and not the Minister for Planning. A single planning permit application had been made to renovate the Forum Theatre site at 150-162 Flinders

Queen Victoria Market planning controls

In this month’s column, we comment on a report by Planning Panels Victoria (PPV) rather than a VCAT decision. PPV is a body that exists within the state Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning (DELWP). It conducts public hearings to consider submissions on planning scheme amendments, environmental effects statements or on matters that the

Down the chute – Tribunal requires waste chute

As reported in the last edition of CBD News, managing waste in the CBD is becoming more of a concern with the increase in the number of apartments. Ensuring efficient waste management within apartment buildings is also a design issue important for residents. In Riverstone Building Company Pty Ltd v Melbourne CC [2016] VCAT 1035,

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