Monash Council has refused to issue a planning permit for a 10-storey apartment and retail complex in Atherton Road, Oakleigh. The proposal had attracted more than 540 objections from local residents.
Monash Mayor Stefanie Perri said Council, Council’s planning staff and residents all agreed that the proposal was at odds with Oakleigh’s character.
“This building would have overpowered the lovely neighbourhood character of Oakleigh. It would have stood out like a sore thumb,” Cr Perri said.
“Oakleigh is generally characterised by low rise buildings, with a few strategic sites where taller buildings are seen as appropriate.
“This site is a strategic site but in the Oakleigh Structure Plan, Council had envisaged a maximum height of five storeys for this site.
“Instead, we have received this proposal which is for buildings 14 metres taller than the designated five storey height.”
Cr Perri said while the developer had the option of appealing Council’s decision to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), she hoped cooler heads would prevail.
“This developer needs to go back to the start and come up with a plan that respects Oakleigh and is in keeping with the moderate development envisaged for this site,” Cr Perri said.
“We recognise there is a need for more housing in Monash to help accommodate Melbourne’s growing population,” she said.
“However, we need to strike the right balance between providing new housing and preserving what we love about our neighbourhoods."
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