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Finger pointing over loss of heritage on LaTrobe St

Finger pointing over loss of heritage on LaTrobe St

By Shane Scanlan Residents, councillors and state politicians are pointing fingers at each other over the failure to protect the historic 488 LaTrobe St which is to be demolished to make way for a residential tower. Residents at the neighbouring low-rise Royal Flagstaff apartments blame Planning Minister Richard Wynne for failing to grant interim protection

Steady progress in the planning world

The last month hasn’t been the most active from a planning perspective, however there is still a considerable amount of construction activity in the city and further to come once the Melbourne Metro Rail Project and Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal programs begin to ramp up. The Breathe Architecture-designed Market Garden Pavilion is currently at

CBD North Tower

Reaching for the sky in City North

Entering the month of October, Melbourne is in the unprecedented position of now having a seventh tower spanning at least 200 metres at construction. Carlton United Brewery site fronting Swanston and Bouverie streets has remained dormant since its closure during 1987. In that period a variety of proposals have filtered through for the prime site,

Flood follows approvals drought

By Laurence Dragomir While I’ve been gallivanting around Europe, a number of large-scale proposals within the city have had their fates decided by the Planning Minister. This is in stark contrast to last month’s column which focused on the status of a number of projects which were sitting in planning limbo. The first cabs off

Council turns to Spring St on bike parking

The City of Melbourne has called on the State Government to take action on provision of bicycle and motorcycle parking in the municipality. With the city’s footpaths becoming increasingly cluttered with bicycles and motorbikes, the council says planning reforms are needed to ensure new buildings include appropriate parking provisions. A recent review commissioned by the

The curious decision of 109-111 Little Lonsdale

By Shane Scanlan Residents shouldn’t read too much into last month’s VCAT’s affirmation of the City of Melbourne’s decision to deny developer Tony Brady permission to build a tower at 109-111 Little Lonsdale St. The council originally denied Brady Jones Pty Ltd a permit to construct a 30-storey tower saying it was too tall, too

Passing the buck on short-stay issue

By Shane Scanlan Residents seeking relief from sharing their apartment buildings with short-term tenants will be disappointed that Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett appears ready to divest herself of the problem. In the recently-released Consumer Property Acts Review Issues Paper No. 2, which includes a review of the Owners Corporations Act 2006, it is recommended

Much to talk about

March was a fairly active month with regard to a couple of significant high-rise approvals by the Minister for Planning within the CBD. First cab off the rank was the twin tower Queens Place development, located at 350 Queen St. Queens Place is a twin, 79-level, 246m tower development located in the CBD annex north

CBD towers emerge and head skywards

March is generally the month when things begin to kick into gear as Melbourne gears up for another month full of events such as Moomba, the Formula One Grand Prix and the beginning of the AFL season. This also applies to the construction industry with a number of towers beginning to make their skyward ascent

A big year in CBD planning is coming up

Welcome to 2016 and my favourite time of the year when the sun is out and the city is abuzz with activity as the Australian Open rolls through town. It’s set to be another big year in planning for Melbourne as various projects will begin to rise further and further into the sky while others

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