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BACKLASH RELEASES A RESIDENTS BILL OF RIGHTS

RESIDENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS (RBR) Residents’ groups are being overwhelmed by the ever increasing planning issues and government strategies that keep us busy reacting  instead of us concentrating upon positive changes to maintain our liveable status. Meanwhile our residential areas are being plundered by developers only intent on exploiting every construction opportunity, regardless of the impact […]

FORMER COUNCIL PLANNER DROPS BOMB ON DDO8

John Joyner, highly regarded ex senior planning officer at Manningham council, now the principal of Melbourne Planning Outcomes (MPO), has been engaged as the planning consultant for Anne Wang c/-Jiakun Li (designer), the applicant for a three storey development at 51-53 Beverley Street, East Doncaster, to assist at a VCAT hearing in September this year. […]

AUSSIE GROUP TO BUILD MITCHELL ST PROPOSAL

CBRE the sellimg agents have confirmed that Pace Development Group have purchased the land at Mitchell St in the Jackson Court Activity Centre for over $13 Million, approx $3,550 per sqm The sale to Pace Development Goup, its Managing Director Shane Wilkinson pictured left, comes more than 12 months after the Manningham Leader had reported […]

LOWER RISE APARTMENT HIGHER QUALITY OF LIFE

“In any urban area, no matter how dense, keep the majority of buildings to four storeys or less. It is possible that certain buildings should exceed this limit, but they should never be buildings for human habitation. High rise living takes people away from the ground and away from the casual, everyday society that occurs on […]

VCAT COULD DETERMINE FUTURE OF TWO STOREY

The Council decision NOT to issue permit for 51 Beverley Street could be overturned at VCAT and spell the end of two storey development anywhere in the growth zones. While the proponent may agree to a plan revision to remove the roof feature and make the building less bulky etc., the developer is unlikely to […]

EXPERTS DIFFER ON ARTERIAL TRAFFIC VOLUMES

The table below left, from a study first conducted in 2001, showed existing traffic volumes along Doncaster Road plus forecast volumes in future years leading up to 2021. Earlier, in November 2000, Manningham Council had released a high-rise strategy plan called Doncaster Hill Strategy 2021             The study forecast

DONCASTER HILL NOT FRIENDLY TO PEDESTRIANS

Doncaster Hill resident John Stanford wrote; “Pedestrians who reside west of Tram Road and wish to travel by Bus to Box Hill and beyond must either risk crossing Tram road to a bus stop opposite or take the safe option and walk up to the Doncaster Road crossing and back to a bus stop on […]

PEDESTRIANS A MEASURE OF IDEAL URBAN SPACES

“Artists, philosophers, urban planners and architects have been dreaming, writing about and drawing ‘ideal cities’ for hundreds of years…In most of these visions the pedestrian is the measure of ideal urban spaces.”  From European Cooperation in Science and Technology (Methorst 2010, p.34) Tracy D. Writes.. “Council have not provided the proper facilities for walking and cycling […]

COUNCIL OVERSTATED AVAILABLE CAR PARKING

The Council Newsletter posted on the Manningham website on 19/12/2015 announced that construction of Westfield’s five storey car park would start early next year. It went on to say that the multi deck, to be located in the north east corner car park adjacent to Goodson Street, would add 854 car spaces to Shoppingtown’s available parking […]

DONCASTER HILL–CITY OF GHOST APARTMENTS?

Vacant new dwellings won’t help to boost the country’s available housing stock. Reliable studies indicate that the number of empty houses and apartments is much higher than the previous estimates, with at least twenty percent of all investor-owned properties not being occupied. Doncaster Hill high rise apartments are now being sold off the plan through […]