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Inappropriate development refused at Kew Cottages site

   Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Inappropriate development refused at Kew Cottages site

  • Five storey apartment building permit application refused
  • The proposed development is not in accordance with the Development Plan
  • Apartment block was proposed for an area marked as public open space

Liberal candidate for Kew, Tim Smith, today welcomed a decision by Planning Minister Matthew Guy to protect the Kew Cottages site from inappropriate development.

The Planning Minister refused a planning permit application for a five storey apartment building at Kew Cottages.

“This is an important decision for the residents of Kew and our local community who wanted the site’s open space, and the historic Willsmere skyline, protected from inappropriate development,” said Mr Smith.

“I congratulate and thank Minister Guy for his decision. Only the Napthine Coalition Government can be trusted to protect the amenity and neighbourhood character of Kew.”

The permit was opposed by the local Boroondara Council and community members on the basis of the location being identified as open space on the approved development plan.

“Developers should keep in line with open space requirements in any approved plan.”

Reasons for the permit refusal include that:

  • the proposed apartment building was not in accordance with the approved development plan
  • the proposed apartment building would be located in an area proposed for public open space and create a physical obstruction to the open space link with Yarra Bend Park
  • the height and scale of the proposed apartment would result in a visual block to the nearest residents
  • the design of the basement car park was unsatisfactory