Johnston Street Tower – VCAT Refused 17 storeys Wrong in this CONTEXT.

As much as I loath using Planning speak, it is great to see VCAT acknowledge CONTEXT, and enforce it.

CONTEXT in planning speak means that heights and other building characteristics should be considered how they fit within the surrounds. For example, on a main road, in an activity center is more likely to suitably accommodate high rise apartments, than a small side street NEAR an activity center. And so the small street should have smaller developments…  The example Below is one such case recently won. – Good for reference.

Thanks to Mary Drost and Planning Backlash for this one.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COLLINGWOOD AND ABBOTSFORD GROUP in their landmark win inVCAT against a 17 storey tower.

This is one that the officers approved  and now VCAT have said it is not appropriate.

Attached for your info is the VCAT ruling. Collingwood P1416 2011 Abbotsford Joint Venture Pty Ltd v Yarra CC & Ors (rn 070212)

Not often we win, so this is one to celebrate.

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