Noordenne Planning Permit Application – Cnr Queen & Merton Streets, Altona Meadows

The council has received an application for a 4-storey 80-dwelling residential development (including a business – a gym) by Noordenne for the land on the corner of Queen and Merton Streets, Altona Meadows (just across the road from the Central Square Shopping Centre).  Further details of the proposed development are available through the council.

Noordenne has exercised their right to have this matter heard at VCAT, but the council will still have to determine its position.  This will be done at the public Special Planning Committee meeting at the Civic Offices in Altona on Thursday 4th April 2013 at 6pm.  The public is welcome to attend.

If you wish to oppose this development I strongly recommend you email VCAT with your objection – vcat@vcat.vic.gov.au

I also recommend you attend the meeting at the council on the 4th of April to show your opposition.

I will keep an open mind about this application as I am required to do for planning applications, but there seems to be genuine concerns about this proposal being an overdevelopment for the area.  I opposed the council selling this land to Noordenne in the first place as it was obvious any future application was going to involve a high-density, high-rise residential development (certainly high-density and high-rise for Altona Meadows!).

Other genuine issues expressed to me by the public are concerns this development is out of character for the area, the site is not well serviced by public transport, does not provide sufficient parking, and is located on a very busy intersection merely serviced by a roundabout.  This roundabout is a known blackspot and the council has previously written to VicRoads requesting an upgrade.  VicRoads refuse to upgrade the intersection.