City of Port Phillip has said no to the development and there is a three storey height limit in force now. Port Phillip, in I think a poor decision, has increased the height limit to 10 storeys, yet to be signed off by the Planning Minister Matthew Guy. I should 5 storeys is about right.
Of course it is only a co-incidence that the present unlovely and unloved building, given to the people by the developer of Beacon Cove, was subjected to an arson attack last week. Yes, a co-incidence, absolutely.
But the damaged building will put further pressure on the local council and the Minister of Planning to do something and Minister Guy is well know as Minister for Tall High Rise Buildings. And of course if the developer is unhappy with the outcome, he will appeal to the evil VCAT, which takes little notice of local opposition to tall buildings.
I fear the outcome will not be good for local Port Melbourne and Beacon Cove residents, in fact I would put money on it.
We were sipping coffee in the warm sunshine at Beacon Cove and as a tram departed the terminus, the damage was revealed at 1-7 Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne. Yes, just a co-incidence.