Category Archives: local

Items in the immediate West Hawthorn Area

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.

Monash Hospital Proposal

We’ve had word that the Monash IVF facility is relocating from East Melbourne  and is considering an existing four storey building at 50 Burwood Road Hawthorn (opposite St James park). No external physical buildings, additions or works changes are proposed. The proposal will be for a 31 bed maternity ward, consulting suites, operating theatres and ancillary shops on the ground flour (chemist, pathology etc.).

The main concern would be the track record of hospitals that border residential areas expanding into those areas. Cabrini hospital is an example of this. Do we want a hospital precinct in this area? Comments please.

New planningalerts website

A new website that allows subscribers to be notified on new planning applications has been launched. This looks to be very promising. Once Boroondara is on line then this should provide an excellent service for West Hawthorn residents. From their blog: is a free service which searches as many planning authority websites as it can find and emails you details of applications near you. The aim of this to enable shared scrutiny of what is being built (and knocked down) in peoples’ communities.

Planning Alerts website screenshot is brought to you by the OpenAustralia Foundation with financial assistance from the Australian Government 2.0 Taskforce. It was adapted for Australia by Matthew Landauer and Katherine Szuminska, and is based on the UK site, built by Richard Pope, Mikel Maron, Sam Smith, Duncan Parkes, Tom Hughes and Andy Armstrong.