Proposed development at 445-467 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley

Community feedback sought by 23 December 2019

artist impression Proposed development at 445-467 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley

Council is seeking community feedback on the proposed development of a Retirement Village and Child Care Centre at 445-467 Blackburn Road in Mount Waverley (currently occupied by the Bruce County Hotel and Conference Centre), until Monday 23 December 2019.

An application has been received by Council for construction of a multi-level building (up to seven storeys with two levels of basement) which consists of a retirement village and a child care centre. The proposed development includes the demolition of the existing hotel and construction of a building comprising:

  • A total of 186 Independent Living Units (retirement village apartments) comprising one, two and three bedroom units, and associated facilities including swimming pool, residents lounge, gym, cinema and yoga facilities.
  • A child care centre located on level 3 of the building which will accommodate a maximum of 80 children. The centre will operate 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday.
  • A total of 252 car parking spaces to be provided within two basement levels for the retirement village and the child care centre. The car parking provision exceeds the requirement in the Monash Planning Scheme.
  • Vehicle access to the new development will be via a new vehicle crossing in Lemont Avenue. The existing vehicle crossing will be removed.

Enquiries: Jeanny Lui, Principal Planner on 9518 3494.

Community Information Session

As part of the consultation process a public information ‘drop in’ sessions will be held on:

Wednesday 11 December 2019
6pm-8pm
Monash Civic Centre (293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley)

This will be an informal ‘drop in’ session to provide additional information about the proposal. No formal presentation will take place at the information session.

Plans and application documents will be displayed at the information session and Council officers will be in attendance to answer any questions about the proposal and planning process. 

Plans and other documents

445-467 Blackburn Road - Application (pdf, 654KB)

445-467 Blackburn Road - Arboricultural Report (pdf, 9MB)

445-467 Blackburn Road - Certificate-Of-Title (pdf, 317KB)

445-467 Blackburn Road -Clause-58-Assessment (pdf, 1MB)

445-467 Blackburn Road - Proposed-Plans-Elevations (pdf, 12MB)

445-467 Blackburn Road - Sections and 3D Plans (pdf, 5MB)

445-467 Blackburn Road - Shadow Plan (pdf, 9MB)

445-467 Blackburn Road - Site Plans Design Response Plans Elevations (pdf, 35MB)

445-467 Blackburn Road - Swept Paths (pdf, 14MB)

445-467 Blackburn Road - Town Planning Report (pdf, 76MB)

445-467 Blackburn Road - Advertising Traffic Impact Report (pdf, 6MB)

445-467 Blackburn Road - Vegetation Removal and Landscape plans (pdf, 9MB)

How to provide feedback

Any person who may be affected by the proposal may lodge an objection or provide feedback to Council. Objections must be made in writing.

Objections should detail any concerns you have regarding the proposal, reasons for the objection, how you would be affected by the proposal and include your name, postal address and reference to TPA/51012.

Please provide feedback/objection in writing to Council by Monday 23 December 2019

Please quote the Application Number TPA/51012.

Planning Objection Form (doc, 89KB)

Planning Objection Form (pdf, 59KB)

Background information

Update 2018 - VCAT decision

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has upheld Council's decision to refuse an application for the construction of a building of up to 10 storeys (plus basements) at 445-467 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley. 

The proposed development comprised of dwellings, retirement village, child care centre, hotel (with ancillary restaurant, conference and wellbeing centre) and associated car parking. 

VCAT affirmed Council's position that the building scale was excessive given the context and did not respond to built form and landscaping policy applicable to the land. The proposed buildings did not provide for sufficient setback to Blackburn Road, landscaping opportunity, appropriate building height or massing breaks having regard to the surrounding neighbourhood. 

View VCAT's full decision here: VCAT decision on 445-467 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley (docx, 1MB)

Enquiries: James Heitmann, Principal Planner, on 9518 3628.

VCAT appeal

A developer appealed to VCAT after Council refused a proposal in January 2018 for a 10 storey building comprising hotel, retirement village, child care centre, medical centre and food and drink premises, at 445-467 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley. 

Following a VCAT Compulsory Conference on Tuesday 3 July 2018, the applicant lodged amended plans with VCAT. The amended plans were considered by VCAT at a four-day Merits Hearing which commenced on Monday 20 August 2018. The amended plans, statement of changes and other supporting documents are available below. 

Amended plans

Summary of the key changes to the proposal:

  • Deletion of 47 apartments 
  • Provision of 15 townhouses (previously 10 townhouses)
  • Provision of 86 hotel rooms (previously 120 hotel rooms)
  • Provision of 8 serviced apartments (unchanged) 
  • Provision of 108 independent living units/over 55s retirement living (previously 60 independent living units)
  • Provision of 246 on-site car spaces (previously 135) including an additional level of basement car parking 
  • Childcare centre relocated to level 3 (previously located on level 4)
  • Modification to the layout of the development 
  • Modification to the proposed facade treatment and facade detailing. 

Here are the documents that have been submitted as part of the amended plans:

Statement of Changes (pdf, 313KB)  

Notice of Amendment (pdf, 234KB)

Amended Plans (pdf, 50MB)

Additional Information (pdf, 3MB)  

Consultation

Council sought community feedback on the proposal and received 23 objections. 

 At its meeting on Tuesday 30 January 2018, Council resolved to issue a Notice of Decision to Refuse to Grant a Planning Permit on the following grounds: 

  • The proposal is inconsistent with the Residential Development Policy and Residential Development and Character Policy at Clauses 21.04 and 22.01 of the Monash Planning Scheme 
  • The proposal is not consistent with the objectives, strategies and urban design principles of Clause 15.01 of the Monash Planning Scheme 
  • The proposal is out of character with the existing development in the surrounding area 
  • The proposed scale and form of the development is excessive and unjustified 
  • The proposal would have a poor level of internal amenity for future residents 
  • The proposal would have a detrimental impact on the amenity of surrounding land 
  • The proposal is considered an overdevelopment of the land 
  • The proposal does not provide for sufficient car parking 
  • The application does not provide for sufficient bicycle facilities 
  • The proposed land use is inadequately justified and inappropriate having regard to the proper and orderly planning of the area 
  • The proposal does not satisfy the requirements of VicRoads. 

For more information, see the report which Council considered before making its decision: Report to Council meeting on 445-467 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley (pdf, 704KB)

About the proposal

The land at 445-467 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley, is currently occupied by the Bruce County Hotel and Conference Centre. The proposed development site is located close to the Pinewood Shopping Centre. The proposal included demolition of the existing hotel. 

The applicant, Bc Mount Waverley Project Pty Ltd, proposed a development that includes:

  • Demolition of the existing hotel
  • Construction of a mixed use building comprising a total of 120 hotel rooms, 10 townhouses, 47 residential apartments, 8 serviced apartments, child care centre with maximum 140 children, allied health facility/ medical centre with 12 practitioners, 60 independent living units - retirement village, food and drink premises and a convenience shop
  • A total of 135 car parking spaces to be provided within one basement level
  • Vehicle access to the new development via a new vehicle crossing in Lemont Avenue.

Planning documents

Here are documents that have been submitted by the applicant:

Application for a Planning Permit (pdf, 558KB)

Planning Report: Urban Context Report and Design Response (pdf, 2MB)

Plans: part 1 (Location, Site Analysis, Site Plan, Demolition/Surveying) (pdf, 8MB)

Plans: part 2 (Floor Plans) (pdf, 9MB)

Plans: part 3 (Elevations, Typical Apartments, Shadow Diagrams) (pdf, 7MB)

Plans: part 4 (Artist Impressions) (pdf, 8MB)

Landscape Plan (pdf, 3MB)

Arboricultural Assessment (pdf, 5MB)

Sustainability Management Plan (pdf, 6MB)

Traffic Report (pdf, 1MB)

Title:

Certificate of Title (pdf, 3MB)

Location

445-467 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley 3149 View Map

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