Thursday, October 04, 2012

The Indefatigable VCAT at St Kilda Junction

This is looking towards the south across part of St Kilda Junction. Can you see the tan building? The evil VCAT, against the wishes of locals and Port Phillip Council, has approved a new development for what is predominantly a low rise area.
Image from The Age. The replacement eighteen story building will blend into the neighbourhood very nicely, not. VCAT is just unreal. What were they thinking! South of the Junction is not highrise at all, with a couple of exceptions a good distance away, equally overly large, but this one will really set the precedent. VCAT must really detest inner city residents.

Speaking of VCAT, Banyule Council voted unanimously to reject subdivision of the grounds of Banyule Homestead. Good news, but of course we know the decision will be appealed at VCAT and we know we know how its decisions usually fall. I am so annoyed, I can't finish this now. I will cool down and return.



I have separated the rest of the happier photos for another time. In the photo above taken from a different location, can you imagine a very tall building sitting there.

10 comments:

  1. VCAT is truly evil. They have overturned perfectly good local planning decisions in favour of uncontrolled and ugly development in other peoples' suburbs. Tragic :(

    Talking personally, I used to love Caulfield, StKilda etc. These are my personal stamping grounds.

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  2. Hels, the whole concept of residents being able to have a say in what is built in their suburb seems to have gone out the window. Developers rule, and it has become worse under this government, bad as it was under the last.

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    1. Don't tell me that hideous piece of coloured toy blocks is an artist's impression of a proposed building?

      Several people have assured us that despite a caveat on our title, subdivision will be easy to get through VCAT in spite of council. Seems to be a common presumption amongst people who do that sort of thing.

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    2. Apparently so FC.

      Yes, if there is not a good reason for the caveat, it will be discharged.

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  3. Looks to me like someone is a little over-inspired by their toddler's lego buildings.

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    1. Indeed it does look like that River.

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  4. Maybe a slightly taller but way more tasteful building than the 'Lego' model, the brown one there is a tad ugly also oui!

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    1. Oui, mon ami. The brown is certainly ugly. Something nicer would be good.

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  5. not to mention the insanity of all the construction vehicles jamming up an intersection which is already a nightmare. the building is a vile ego-trip by some idiot architect who should have his CAD confiscated. (it took me 2 minutes to recall that word - welcome to Old Age).

    the names and photos of those who approved the development should be on a sign in the area forever. As it should be for all those who allowed the demolition of St Kilda Road's gracious mansions.

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  6. Ann, they are VCAT members. I did once publish a list of them on my blog. I am not sure I have the energy to do another with the current members.

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