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High Density developments

DONCASTER RD PEDESTRIAN OVERPASS UNLIKELY

Although Manningham City Council, had planned  grade separating the pedestrian crossing at Frederick Street and/or Council Street in the planning of the Doncaster Hill Activity Centre, it was never feasible due to design and funding constraints. Any construction of new pedestrian overpasses would have to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) which requires low […]

MORE GRIDLOCK FOR CAR DRIVEN DONCASTER

Motorists are at standstill almost a minute for every kilometer traveled according to VicRoads peak hour time delay data in the article by Aleks Devic of the Heraldsun. Doncaster motorists could find themselves stationary for even longer periods due to the lack public transport options with Manningham being the only metropolitan municipality without a train […]

Building Next Door – what should you put up with? Blocked Driveways ?

If you have a significant development going on next door, and they do go on for many , many months, how tolerant would you be? Is it OK for them to place safety bollards over the entire street blocking residents from parking for months on end ? Even on Sundays when they are not working? […]

RESERVE BANK PUTS LENDERS ON NOTICE

Chinese investors are aggressively lifting their Australian residential and commercial real estate investment at a time when the Reserve Bank is warning bubbly property markets could be hit with a price correction, writes Simon Johanson of the Melbourne Age. 10/10/14.  Alarmed by the property frenzy in Sydney, Melbourne and parts of Brisbane, the Reserve hit […]

WESTFIELD TO PROVIDE MORE ONSITE PARKING

A parking tower development will compensate for the closure of  temporary offsite parking areas and help relieve pressure on side streets and the Municipal grounds.  Westfield have a planning permit to develop the land on the eastern side of the Westfield Doncaster shopping centre at 619 Doncaster Road, Doncaster with a new freestanding five level car park […]

UNIT PRICES FALL BY 15.8% IN THREE YEARS

Data shows widening gap between the price of apartments and established houses. Latest from SQM Research data for the week ending 30th September, shows vendor asking prices for apartments in Doncaster (post code 3108) had fallen by 15.8% since October 2011, including a drop of 6.1% in just 12 months.  While asking prices for 3 […]

APARTMENT GLUT COULD DELAY BUNNINGS STORE

The current flood of apartments for sale in Doncaster could hold up the commencement of construction of the Doncaster Hill Bunnings store till well beyond 12 months if the obtaining of high rise apartment pre-sale quotas continue to be hampered by oversupply. Because the land is prescribed a mixed use zone, with a high proportion […]

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 […]