Melbourne City Council appeals Southbank development

MELBOURNE City Council this month announced that it will appeal the Victorian Government's recent decision to grant planning approval for a mixed-use development at 68 – 82 Southbank Boulevard in Southbank.

The development, a 62-storey building containing dwellings, offices, gymnasium, cafe, supermarket and shops was granted a permit by Planning Minister Justin Madden on 21 April of this year.

Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee Chair, Councillor Peter Clarke said the proposed development failed to meet the objectives and requirements of the Melbourne Planning Scheme. Mr Clarke also said that the 226 metre development would be more than double the discretionary height limit.

The Council also said it objects to the Southbank development due to excessive building bulk, inadequate separation from other towers within the site and relative to future developments and potential for adverse wind effects.

Earlier in the month, Melbourne City Council launched its Draft Southbank Structure Plan. The Plan expressed concern at the current trend of development 'breaking' the planning policies in place in Southbank. If this trend continued, it was stated that this would cause highly crowded streetscapes with low levels of sunlight and daylight at street level; disruptive wind patterns; intensified urban heat island effect; and limited outlook for most occupants. The Plan proposes a 100 metre height limit for towers in the area which includes the subject land.

The City of Melbourne has lodged an application for review with VCAT.

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