Tag Archives: VCAT

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

An advertising sign no more?

Above the roof of the building at 500 Flinders St there is a large sign currently advertising a car.  The sign structure has been there since the 1970s (though it has not always displayed advertising signage). In a recent VCAT case, Octopus Media Pty Ltd v Melbourne CC [2016] VCAT 2101, the tribunal ruled the

No progress on council vacancy

By Shane Scanlan The City of Melbourne is no closer to having it’s 11th councillor following a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing into the matter on February 21. VCAT President Greg Garde heard arguments from the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) on how votes should be counted but adjourned the case before hearing counter

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,

VCAT out of reach of locals

By Shane Scanlan CBD locals are despondent that serious financial risk has prevented them from challenging a controversial City of Melbourne planning decision late last year. Maureen Capp and other Regency Towers residents wanted to challenge the council’s decision on November 22 to grant a permit to Brady Jones Pty Ltd for a 60 metre

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

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,

Limits to a 24-hour city

Council’s planning strategy for the CBD encourages a “24-hour” city where a range of activities, including licensed premises, are supported. However, this does not mean open slather. There are other policies in the strategy that put the brakes on proposals that may have a detrimental impact on residents. In Rangasamy v Melbourne CC [2016] VCAT

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