The City of Melbourne turnaround has ignored residents concerns and in the process Crs Ken Ong and Stephen Mayne threatened to withdraw residential parking permits.
Opposed to Residents Concerns
Support for Residents
For the last two years the City Council engineers and planners have opposed the establishment of an early-learning centre, on the Corner of Toorak Road West and Leopold Street South Yarra, supporting residents concerns in relation to traffic management, parking and heritage.
Last nights decision to support the development has come as a surprise given that very little has changed to address the problems foreseen with the proposed development with no net gain to the amenity of the area.
Goodrest is one of South Yarra’s most prized heritage assets, located within a residential neighbourhood zone the proposed construction of a 26 underground car-park with car entrance off Toorak road, demolition of residential apartments at the rear and the construction of a new Commercial building in its place.
Only Two Councillors (Cr Beverly Pinder-Mortimer and Cr Kevin Louey) met with residents on site. Both indicated at the time they would be opposed to the granting of a planning permit. Cr Louey later voted to approve the development whilst Cr Pinder-Mortimer maintained her position and concerns over safety.
Cr Richard Foster spoke passionately in opposition to the granting of a permit and Cr Jackie Watts who did not attend the meeting on September 1 has also privately indicated that she was opposed to the development.
Listen to / download audio of the September 1 meeting:
|James Mathews||01:15:05||Planning Issues|
|Edward Hogdson||01:18:25||Taffic Analysis|
|Phillip Lawson||01:21:50||Traffic Amenity|
|Neil Gunn||01:25:40||Scotch College Judgement/Current Christ Church|
|Elizabeth Fox||01:29:00||Amenity. Noise Impact|
|Pauline Hirst||01:32:45||Local Amenity|
|Dr Leanna Deuval||01:35:45||Traffic Impact|
|Stuart Black||01:49:35||Local Amenity/Restricted Access Proposal|
|Anthony van der Craats||01:53:25||Summary/Heritage|
|Ken Ong (Chair)||01:57:01||Removal of Street Parking|
|Stephen Mayne||02:04:25||Residential On-Street Parking – Empty|
|Robert Doyle||02:08:15||No reason to oppose Application|
|Arron Wood||02:13:10||Compfortable with traffc Management|
|Beverly Pinder||02:14:15||Opposed to development, Safety|
|Rohan Leppart||02:15:30||Support of Application/Net Benefit to Amenity/Additional information (Not published)|
|Richard Foster||02:19:30||Against recomendation/Support for residents’ concerns|
|Ken Ong (Chair)||02:21:50||Motion put to the vote|
|For: Robert Doyle, Susan Riley, Arron Wood, Stephen Mayne, Ken Ong, Kevin Louey, Cathy Oake, Rohan Leppert|
|Against: Beveley Pinder, Richard Foster|
|Absent: Jackie Watts|