DDO8 concerning the 51-53 Beverley St proposal in Sub-Precinct A (In red italic for emphasis) is:
Sub-precinct A is an area where two storey units (9 metres) and three storey (11 metres) ‘apartment style’ developments are encouraged. Three storey, contemporary developments should only occur on land with a minimum area of 1800m2. Where the land comprises more than one lot, the lots must be consecutive lots which are side by side and have a shared frontage. The area of 1800m2 must all be in the same sub-precinct. In this sub-precinct, if a lot has an area less than 1800m2, a townhouse style development proposal only will be considered, but development should be a maximum of two storeys.
Residents of East Doncaster are outraged that another three storey town house style development would be proposed at 51-53 Beverley Street after a previous proposal of similar design had been withdrawn. It was expected that any future permit application would only be a two storey town house development because the land area is less than 1800 Sqm. Manningham council had already rejected
a three storey development at in Foote Street Templestowe on a similar sized block .
Among the grounds for rejection were:
“The proposal fails to meet the Objectives and Standards of Precinct 2 Sub-Precinct A of Clause 21.05 (Residential) of the Manningham Planning Scheme, as the proposed three storey building is in excess of the two storey built form which is the desired building form sought by Sub-Precinct A where the minimum lot size cannot be met”. and
“The proposal fails to meet the Objectives and Standards of Precinct 2 Sub-Precinct A of Clause 21.05 (Residential) of the Manningham Planning Scheme, as the land at 189-191 Foote Street provides a combined area of 1,525sqm which does not meet the mandatory requirement of 1,800sqm for lots located in Sub-Precinct A”.
“The proposal is therefore an overdevelopment of the land, and does not fit Council’s policy direction for the future neighbourhood character of the area, in particular where the land parcel is less than 1,800sqm a townhouse style development with a maximum of two storeys be developed”.
Paul, a member of RAIDID (Residents Against Inappropriate Development In Doncaster), thinks there is a double standard. “A recent application being processed at 21 Clay Drive Doncaster, in sub Precinct A and also on a smaller block than 1800 sqm, has had to conform to the schedule which limits the development to two storeys” “A three storey town house style development is a bonus for developers because it allows more floor area on site than a two storey without exceeding the site coverage limit of 60%”
Council policy in prescribing a height of nine metres, plus a one metre leeway for sloping blocks, for a two storey development comfortably allows a contemporary architectural flat roof design, but also accommodates a higher pitched roof design similar to the adjoining neighbourhood character. If council wanted two storey developments limited to a contemporary flat roof design then a lower maximum height should have been specified.
Click on links below for Beverley Street and Clay Drive plans