Council fears for Yorkshire Brewery site in Collingwood

COLLINGWOOD'S iconic brew tower could soon be crowded out by a 17-storey building following Heritage Victoria's decision to grant a permit for a redevelopment of the former Yorkshire Brewery site, according to the Yarra City Council.

SMA Projects is proposing a mixed use development over several buildings, ranging from 1 to 17 storeys, that would include 349 dwellings and retail and commercial premises.

The Council said it is concerned that the proposal to build 17 and 14 storey buildings on Robert Street could diminish the significance of the 1850s brew tower and dominate Collingwood's skyline.

Although the Council is yet to consider a planning permit application for the site, the proponent was also required to seek a permit from Heritage Victoria as the brewery site is on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The Council said it objected to the proposal when asked for comments from Heritage Victoria last November on the basis that the new buildings would detract from the heritage value of the brew tower.

However, Heritage Victoria approved the proposal earlier this month with no changes to the existing redevelopment plan. The proposal still requires Council approval before any development can proceed.

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