Proposed development at 2315-2319 Dandenong Road, Mulgrave

Application approved by VCAT 22 June 2018

2315-2319 Dandenong Rd Mulgrave

Update - VCAT approval 

A planning permit has been granted by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for a development at 2315-2319 Dandenong Road, Mulgrave. 

On Friday 22 June 2018, VCAT ordered that a planning permit issue for a second set of amended plans.

In its decision, VCAT noted the following:

  • The amended presentation of the development to Lebanon Crescent is respectful of the relatively traditional residential character in this street
  • The retention of existing mature vegetation and limited vehicle crossing numbers ensures the soft quality of the street is maintained, avoids a frontage dominated by car accommodation and minimises loss of on street parking 
  • A good level of on-site amenity has been achieved 
  • The provision of balconies as private open space for 36 of the dwellings within the development is acceptable. It contributes to the variety of housing sought in the Planning Scheme by offering an alternative type of open space that may be suitable for different household needs. Importantly, the provision meets the current Planning Scheme Schedule 2 to the General Residential Zone
  • Permit conditions requiring an acoustic assessment of dwellings will ensure the habitable rooms facing the main roads will be acoustically treated to provide reasonable protection from external noise impacts 
  • There are no unacceptable amenity impacts to the adjoining properties 
  • The proposed access strategy which relies on Lebanon Crescent for all access to the site and the retention of a left out only onto Springvale Road is considered acceptable. The Tribunal accepted the expert traffic evidence presented by the applicant's Traffic Engineer which concluded that both Lebanon Crescent and Wattle Grove can accommodate the traffic generated by the development. 

For more information, read VCAT's full decision: VCAT decision on 2315-2319 Dandenong Road, Mulgrave (doc, 152KB)

Council had sought community feedback on the original proposal and received 49 objections.   

Enquiries: Sue Monagle, Principal Planner, on 9518 3068.  

Second amended plans - current

A VCAT Merits Hearing to consider a second set of amended plans for the proposed development at 2315-2319 Dandenong Road (Mulgrave), was held between 19-21 February 2018.  

At the invitation of VCAT the applicant submitted a revised plan following the Merits Hearing to show the impact of retaining some of the more significant trees on the site. These plans were considered by VCAT prior to it determining the matter.

The developer lodged a first round of amended plans with VCAT ahead of the Compulsory Conference on Tuesday 16 January 2018 and then lodged a second round of amended plans ahead of the Merits Hearing. 

The key changes proposed as part of the second amendment application are:

  • The total number of dwellings reduced from 54 to 50 
  • Revised layout of dwellings/garages adjoining Lebanon Crescent 
  • A total of 12 dwellings now front Lebanon Crescent 
  • Three new driveway crossovers proposed to Lebanon Crescent 
  • Vehicle exit to Springvale Road proposed
  • Removal of gum trees adjacent to Lebanon Crescent frontage.

Here are the documents that have been submitted by the applicant: 

Notice of Amendment to Application (pdf, 1MB)

Statement of Changes (pdf, 199KB)  

Current amended plans (pdf, 17MB)

First amended plans - superseded

The key changes in the first amended plans were:

  • Retention of 7 trees along the frontage of Lebanon Crescent
  • Removal of vehicle access/crossovers to Springvale Road and Dandenong Road (all vehicle access proposed via Lebanon Crescent)
  • Reducing the total number of townhouses to 53
  • Modification to the townhouse layout including additional massing breaks
  • Modification to proposed building setbacks.

Here are the documents that have been submitted by the applicant: 

Statement of Changes (pdf, 197KB)

Amended Plans - Part 1 (pdf, 3MB)

Amended Plans - Part 2 (pdf, 8MB)

Amended Plans - Part 3 (pdf, 6MB)

Amended Plans - Part 4 (pdf, 7MB)

Background

The developer appealed to VCAT because Council did not decide upon the application within the required 60 day timeframe. 

Council had sought community feedback on the proposal and received 49 objections.  

At its 31 October 2017 meeting, Council resolved that if it were in a position to make a decision on the application, it would determine to refuse the application. 

Key issues considered relate to density of the development, neighbourhood character, car parking design, vehicle manoeuvrability within the site, and reliance on local streets for access. 

For more information, see the report which Council considered before making its decision: Report to Council meeting on 2315-2319 Dandenong Road, Mulgrave (pdf, 459KB)

Original proposal

The applicant, AGT & Co Pty Ltd, proposed a $13 million development, that includes:

  • 30 two bedroom dwellings each with one car parking space
  • 24 three bedroom dwellings each with two car parking spaces
  • A total of 10 visitor car spaces are distributed throughout the development
  • Vehicle access to the site from both Springvale Road (to the west) and Lebanon Crescent (to the east)

The site is on the northeast corner of Springvale Road and Dandenong Road, and is bounded by Lebanon Crescent to the east, and residential developments to the north and south-east. The property currently contains two single storey brick buildings, currently used as a funeral parlour, and associated car parking. 

Planning documents

Here are documents that have been submitted by the applicant:

Application for a Planning Permit (pdf, 818KB)

Planning Report (pdf, 3MB)

Landscape Plan (pdf, 2MB)

Architectural Plans (pdf, 25MB)

You can also download the above document in three parts:

Architectural Plans - part 1 (pdf, 9MB)

Architectural Plans - part 2 (pdf, 11MB)

Architectural Plans - part 3 (pdf, 4MB)

Reports:

Arboricultural Report (pdf, 2MB)

Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) Report (pdf, 4MB)

Traffic Management Report (pdf, 7MB)

Title:

Certificate of Title (pdf, 273KB)

Location

2315-2319 Dandenong Road, Mulgrave 3170 View Map

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