Planning permit granted for
High Street, Malvern
Moda Corp and EML Developments
David Lock Associates town planning and urban design team were engaged by Moda Corp and EML Developments to provide town planning and urban design advice for a high-quality apartment development designed by Ewert Leaf Architects at 1271 – 1273 High Street, Malvern. The proposal is for 30 apartments over 4 storeys.
David Lock Associates provided the key planning and design parameters from the very start of the project through to final issue of the Planning Permit. Our services included initial project feasibility, lodgement of the planning application, negotiation through Council and provision of expert evidence at VCAT.
Danny Hahesy (Associate Planner) progressed the application through the planning process, including negotiation with key planning and urban design staff, and advised on the strategic timing to lodge an Application for Review to VCAT for Council’s ‘failure to determine’ the application within the statutory timeframe. Mark Sheppard (Principal Urban Designer) was then engaged to give urban design evidence at VCAT.
The Planning Permit was recently granted by VCAT ‘on the spot’.
The site is located in the General Residential Zone (GRZ3) of the Stonnington Planning Scheme, but identified as a ‘substantial change area’ by the Municipal Strategic Statement in the Planning Scheme. The site is approximately 300 metres from the Malvern/Armadale Major Activity Centre, is on a tram route and has an attractive outlook across Malvern Gardens to the ranges in the east.
A key consideration in the design response was how to balance the strategic objectives for larger scale and higher density residential development in this location while also respecting and responding to the existing primarily 2 storey character in an innovative and contemporary, including detailed consideration of context in terms of streetscape rhythm, site coverage, building setbacks and landscaping.
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