A permit has been granted by VCAT for the development to proceed on the land at 108 Power Street. With Boroondara council withdrawing almost all their objections at the 11th hour, it was highly unlikely that the decision would go any other way.
The Member Ian Potts did reject many of the proponents arguments (for example using the VATMI site as a precedent), however it looks as though the West Hawthorn Urban Design Framework has not only failed to prevent an inappropriate development in the area, but has been used as the justification for it.
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On the last business day before the VCAT hearing the Boroondara council has dropped its last ground for objection (traffic management) for the proposed development at 108 Power Street. Council however will seek to impose controls on the vehicle access to the site at the VCAT hearing.
The VCAT hearing for the proposed development at 108 Power Street Hawthorn has been set down for Monday September 3. In response to residents and council objections the developer has amended their proposal to bring it more in line with the West Hawthorn Urban Design Framework. However, this is still a large development that will impact on the surrounding area. Residents are urged to attend the hearing if they can.