Last year I reported on a local campaign opposing a planning application to re-develop the building formerly used by Warehouse Sales, next to Lizzie’s Chocolates. Council rejected the plan to build a five storey building but in a decision handed down last month, VCAT overturned Council’s decision and gave the go-ahead.
You can read the decision here. Council was angling for a reduction in height to four storeys, even though there are no height restrictions in the Carnegie ‘Major Activity Centre’, but VCAT considered five to be ‘very reasonable’. In a parting remark the VCAT member endorsed an observation in another decision on development in the Carnegie MAC that existing conditions are a poor indicator of what is acceptable. Will our shopping strip of ground floor shops and first floor ‘shop tops’ become a canyon between a row of four and five storey buildings?