Travel agents – Burwood Road

Good news with regard to this development. After lengthy consultations and negotiations between the developer and objectors a compromise has been reached allowing the development to go ahead. This means that a VCAT hearing has been avoided and we have a better development as a result. Council signed off on the amended plans last night and commented that we were mature, community minded citizens, in being prepared to work together for a solution. This is a VERY rare event according to Council Officers and Councillors. Well done to all involved.

Metropolitan Planning Strategy



The new Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Strategy will have a massive impact on the future of Melbourne and now is the time to have input.

The state government has produced booklet, “Melbourne, let’s talk about the future” which proposes a new planning blueprint for Melbourne for the next 30 to 40 years to replace Melbourne 2030.

Community groups across Melbourne have been asked by the Minister for Planning to assist in a consultation process and you are invited to do so by responding through the Boroondara Residents’ Action Group (BRAG) survey. This survey is completely anonymous and you can answer as many questions as you want – there is plenty of room to go into detail if you want to!

You can also make a submission or comment on the forum on the website.

Submissions are due by the 28th March 2013.

Hawthorn Bowling Club

I received this via Miriam who is concerned about plans in regard to the Hawthorn Bowling Club. I tried searching the Boroondara planning registry but without success.

Council has plans to demolish the Hawthorn Bowling Club building in St James Park and replace it with a modern facility. Council is discussing this with the Club, which is considering its options. I believe the current clubhouse has heritage and aesthetic value and could be renovated (with the assigned funds) in order to preserve the current street scape at the east end of St James Park. I further believe this landscape contributes to the amenity of the whole West Hawthorn community and Council should have consulted us before making pre-emptive decisions about this site.

60-62 Burwood Rd PP11/01247 (The travel Agents)

This has come to my attention and I thought worth passing on. Especially given Megan’s comments in regard to the Elgin Street proposal and the precedent set by 108 Power Street. We need to mindful that anything can become a precedent for anything else.

The proposal for 60-62 Burwood road will challenge the newly established guidelines for the West Hawthorn village precinct as it is asking for 4 storeys (instead of the 3 recommended in the guidelines, exceeds the height limits, wants a reduction in parking, and has balconies overhanging Morang Road, which is also a heritage listed area) Objections were due in on 19th April, but if people are concerned about the possibility of a precedent being set, it is worthwhile getting something in, in the next few days. We feel that if this is allowed, anything will go in future in the shopping centre.

97 ELGIN STREET – St Josephs Retirement Village


Plans for this were lodged prior to Christmas and the developers applied to VCAT before council made their decision. Local residents were not informped and there has been no community consultation. Boroondara Council refused the permit and will be fighting this at VCAT.

A small number of residents have agreed to engage Nick Crawford from TP Legal, a town planning lawyer to present the residents case at the 6 day VCAT hearing on the 30th April.

Contributions are sought to cover this cost from interested residents. Please see this information sheet for further details.

Capers site on corner of Burwood and Power

Here’s a big development that has just been submitted. From the council planning application register:

Development and use for 38 dwellings and a shop in a five (5) storey building in a Design and Development Overlay (DDO12), reduction in the standard bicycle and car parking requirements and alteration to a Road Zone Category 1.


Documents are not yet available through the website, but keep an eye out for them. Further details here and here.

Boroondara now has planning documents online

The Boroondara council now has documents associated with planning applications available to view on the council website. Users can search for planning applications and then download the pdf documents including plans that were submitted for that application.

This is a huge advance for residents who often cannot make it in to the council offices during business hours to view the plans of developments that may have a major impact on them. According to the council’s news release, the documentation will be available from the date advertising commences and removed once a decision is made.

To view the documents go to the council’s planning register.

One unfortunate side affect of the change to the website is that the harvester used by appears to be broken. I’ll look into fixing this over the weekend.

Activity Centres Strategy

This article appeared on the Boroondara Residents Action Group Website.

As a response to the Brumby government’s dictate to jam in another 20,000 people into Boroondara, The Boroondara Council’s Strategic Planning Department has issued a draft Activity Centres Strategy which identifies 48 neighbourhood activity centres plus three growth corridors for intensive development. These 48 centres are in addition to the principle activity centre at Camberwell Junction, and the two major activity centres at Glenferrie and KewJunction.

Link :

As an attempt at consulatation, council has arranged to explain the strategy to the community at the Hawthorn Town Hall, in Burwood Road Hawthorn Saturday, 12th February 2011,10am to 1pm. Residents are required to register and attendees will be selected by ballot. Link :

Along with leaders of other community groups, BRAG is concerned that council is continuing to implement this strategy. It was part of the previous government’s Melbourne @ 5 Million planning blueprint which was a response to Melbourne’s rapid population growth. Both Melbourne @ 5 Million and the previous Melbourne 2030 blueprints have been discredited and the Brumby government’s Housing Capacity Strategy, of which Boroondara’ s draft strategy is a part, have been scrapped by the Baillieu government.

We are pushing for a moratorium until the proposed changes to planning policies by the Baillieu government can be assessed. is also supporting a moratorium on this planning measure until it is clear what the new State Government’s planning agenda will be.