THE Woollahra Municipal Council earlier this month approved the $11.6 million renovation of a Bellevue Hill home, lodged by Channel Ten chairman Lachlan Murdoch (pictured, right) and his wife Sarah. The approval is subject to conditions designed to protect the views and privacy of neighbours (some of whose houses are pictured in the aerial image,Read more
OWNERS of homes in the southern Brisbane suburb of Holland Park West are outraged a house under construction has breached height regulations to the tune of more than 2.5 metres. Neighbours of the home in Kneale Street say the house is more than 11 metres high, breaching the 8.5 metre limit of all other housesRead more
SOME of Melbourne’s most influential businessmen, including active Liberal Party supporters, have defeated a developer’s plan to build a 29-level skyscraper which would have blocked Port Phillip Bay views enjoyed from apartments they own or occupy in a prestigious complex next-door.
New images affecting a site at 35 Albert Road, and to be marketed as The Emerald, Melbourne, show a 19-level, 282 unit residential project (pictured, above), which will rise no higher than 60 metres.
The proposal replaces a higher density, 420-unit application (pictured, above, right) which was the subject of a high profile development dispute in 2010.Read more
PLANS for a $200 million resore in the NSW Central Coast town of Morisset, have been approved by the state planning department.
The Trinity Point Marina Resort will include 150 apartments, some of which will be hotel rooms, conference and function facilities, a 180 berth marina and 550 square metres of office space.
Construction of the resort is expected to start next year, or six years after the property was gazetted a tourist site.Read more
PLANS to build a $100 million cancer centre in Sydney’s ritzy inner-eastern suburb of Darlinghust are in jeopardy, after a group of local residents and Lord Mayor Clover Moore, said the development would “cannibalise” their suburb.
Mr Moore said the proposed 11-storey building – which was launched by singer Delta Goodrem last October – risks blocking sunlight to nearby homes, and will also cause traffic chaos.Read more
THE CONTENTIOUS planning policy that eastern suburb-based actor Geoffrey Rush warned in 2004 “would fundamentally alter the tone and character of Melbourne in a way that I don’t believe people are quite aware of” has finally claimed the eastern suburb’s most prized development site.
The Camberwell Station redevelopment – one of the earliest and highest profile planning disputes to arise after the 2002 Melbourne 2030 blueprint (since turned into the Melbourne @ 5 Million planning policy) – should see construction start this year.
Boutique builder Arno (a brand of the developer reported previously as Tenterfield) is accepting registrations of interest for apartments in a major new development, The Place.
PLANS to redevelop Richmond’s outgoing Dimmeys store into two apartment buildings, rising eight and 11 stories, have been critised by locals.
The new proposal, which replaces one last year whereby just a nine level building would be developed on the site, has been lodged by Richmond Icon, a development company associated with Melbourne’s wealthy Liberman family.
Richmond Icon paid Dimmeys $16 million for the outgoing site in 2008.Read more
PLANS for a giant Docklands nightclub capable of accommodating 750 patrons have been approved by ALP Planning Minister Justin Madden.
The Minister granted the development of Platform 28 at the Goods Shed, two days before the liquor licence hearing would have decided whether a licence should be granted.
The project is being developed by Grollo Group’s Equiset, and will include two outside areas capable of accommodating 300 patrons.Read more
RESIDENTS in Becton’s posh One East Melbourne glass tower have won a battle to have their suburb name changed.
At a meeting last week, the Melbourne City Council approved a recommendation to shift the East Melbourne suburb boundary west, to include apartments and an office between 227 – 293 Wellington Parade South, which would have previously been considered Melbourne, 3000, and arguably be worth a lot less.
HERITAGE Victoria has authorised the dismantling and removal of a ramshackle Williamstown home which was added to the Victorian register just two years ago for being Melbourne’s oldest house.
The Aitken Street site where the house has sat since it was built in about 1842, is expected to make way for a townhouse and apartment project.Read more
A panel discussion to debate the contentious issue of demolishing old buildings to make way for new ones, will be held as part of the State of Design festival, currently underway in Melbourne. Led by Heritage Council of Victoria chair Daryl Jackson AO, and other heritage consultants, Should the old make way for the new? TheRead more