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August 2014

ARE WE BUILDING THE SLUMS OF THE FUTURE?

Doris Tran writes to ask….. Could we be building the slums of the future on Doncaster Hill? A recent study has estimated that the majority of the tallest apartment buildings in Melbourne’s major activity centres, such as Doncaster Hill, are of a very “poor” quality, with common design flaws such as cramped layouts and a […]

APARTMENT BUILDING LIKE STACK OF PANCAKES

                                                                                                    Double click to enlarge images Here’s […]

JACKSON CT BACK FLIP COULD SET PRECEDENT

  Developments up to a height of 19 meters could occur in and around other Neighbourhood Activity Centres throughout the metropolitan area if the state minister for planning approves amendment C95 as submitted by the Manningham Council. Councillors have approved the C95 amendment, for a 19m high mixed use development at Jackson Court,  after Manningham […]

A TOWER AT OUR BACK DOOR

June and Graeme’s unit is one of seven dwellings that could have a 19m high development at their back door if councillors endorse the panel’s recommendations at the next council meeting to be held on Tuesday the 26th of August. The proposals narrow rear setback of 3 metres will ensure a claustrophobic outlook for these […]

STACKER PARKING SCRAPPED FROM HIGH RISE

The new owners of the land at 20-24 Hepburn Road have rejected council approved plans for the use of mechanical parking units in the 15 storey development. Instead will be including an  extra basement to accommodate the short fall in the parking tally requirement as a result of their removal. This a wakeup call to […]

CONSULTANTS UNDER SCRUTINY

Excerpt from Age article 11/8/14 The $8 billion project, which links Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway with the Western Ring Road, is shaping up as the key political flash point in the lead-up to November’s hotly contested state election. Traffic forecasts for major road infrastructure have been put under increased scrutiny after a $46 million class action was […]

TOO MANY TOO SOON

There will be an oversupply of new apartment developments in Manningham, particularly on Doncaster Hill, if the current number pre-selling ever get off the ground A glut of apartments will drive down prices and pose a problem for investors who would be relying on the value of their property to increase by the time development […]

Is this the Worst Overshadowing Ever?

I was very surprised to see this in South Melbourne Last week.  42 Albert st. South Melbourne. I haven’t found the history on it yet, but it does look like something that had to be kept due to heritage or such… If you look closely, the building on the right is Szencorp -“sustainable developments”, promoting […]

Wind Assessments Required For Doncaster Hill High Rise

All developers are required to provide a wind assessment to minimise additional wind flow to ground level. “Before the development starts,