VCAT strikes again. Among single, two storey and low three story buildings that surround the old Yorkshire Brewery site in Collingwood, VCAT has struck again, overriding City of Yarra and approving three 17 storey apartment towers. What does that do for the local character of one of Melbourne's oldest suburbs? VCAT is a disgrace and clearly there to support developers to maximise their profits, against local representative councils and local people.
I've just ploughed through the judgement. There are many conditions attached to the approval, but as I have discovered, the developer will quietly return to VCAT without any resident knowing and have the ones it finds onerous overturned, as the developer did across the road over public access between two streets.
Where VCAT treads, be afraid, very afraid. http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/the-indefatigable-vcat-at-st-kilda.html
The VCAT decision was made by Laurie Hewet and Michael Read. Shame on them and I hope they feel guilty as they drive home to their historic houses in Melbourne's leafy eastern suburbs.
"How was work darling?"
"Really good, approved three seventeen storey towers in Collingwood.".
"Seventeen storeys in Collingwood darling? Oh! By the way my tennis club subs are due. Can you pay them please darling, and the boy's maths tutor said she hasn't been paid. Sorry to be such a bother. I don't know how we manage on your modest income."
I am not at all suggesting that they are, but Members of VCAT do rather leave themselves open to accusations of being bribed by developers when they continually side with developers. It is all about perception.