The Minister for Planning is considering whether to prepare, adopt and approve Moreland Planning Scheme Amendment C216more and grant planning permit PA2101205. To inform the Ministers decision, consultation is being undertaken under section 20(5) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 about the draft amendment and the draft planning permit.

Draft amendment C216more proposes to make the Minister for Planning the responsible authority for administering planning permit PA2101205 for ‘Assemble Brunswick’, which proposes demolition and use and development of the land for the construction of an eight-storey building (with one basement level) comprising dwellings and offices, a reduction in car parking requirements and associated works.

What the draft amendment does

The Amendment proposes to make the Minister for Planning the responsible authority for planning permit application PA2101205 for the ‘Assemble Brunswick’ proposal and any matter required by planning permit PA2101205 to be endorsed, approved and done to the satisfaction of the responsible authority.

The Amendment proposes to make the following changes to the Moreland Planning Scheme:

  • Amend 1.0 of the Schedule to Clause 72.01 to make the Minister for Planning the responsible authority for:
    • matters under Divisions 1, 1A, 2, 3 and 5 of Part 4 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act) and for approving associated matters required by the planning scheme to be done to the satisfaction of the responsible authority for the following land:
      • Title Plan 838517A (2-6 Ballarat Street, Brunswick)
      • Lot 1 on Title Plan 6929878U (14 Ovens Street, Brunswick)
      • All of the land within Plan of Consolidation 158970K (16-18 Ovens Street, Brunswick)

The planning permit application (PA2101205) seeks approval for demolition, use and development of an eight-storey mixed use building, comprising dwellings (including affordable housing), offices and food and drink premises and a reduction in car parking requirements at 2-6 Ballarat Street and 14, 16-18 Ovens Street, Brunswick. The proposal is known as ‘Assemble Brunswick’.

The planning permit is attached as a separate document to this Explanatory Report.

What the permit seeks

Planning permit application PA2101205 seeks to allow the demolition and use and development of the land for the construction of an eight-storey building (with one basement level) comprising dwellings and offices, a reduction in car parking requirements and associated works at 2-6 Ballarat Street, 14 Ovens Street and 16-18 Ovens Street, Brunswick with the definitions in the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

The proposed development is known as ‘Assemble Brunswick’.

Specifically, the permit application seeks approval for:

  • Demolition and removal of all existing buildings, structures and trees
  • Construction of an eight-storey building (with one basement level below) containing:
    • Basement level to be used primarily for car parking, bicycle parking, and services
    • Ground level to be use as office, retail and communal purposes ancillary to the dwellings, as well as other services such as bicycle parking, and site access (vehicle and pedestrian)
    • First to seventh floors contain 171 dwellings, including 45 x studio, 25 x 1 beds, 77 x 2 beds and 24 x 3 beds.
    • Roof level contain communal spaces, including pet zone, laundry, and terrace, as well as plant, air conditioning condensers and solar photovoltaic panels
  • 75 car parking spaces, and 207 lock-up bicycle spaces
  • A requirement for a minimum of 70% of dwellings to be ‘affordable housing’ to households with a ‘moderate income range’ in accordance with the definitions in the Planning and Environment Act 1987, up until the point of sale for each individual dwelling.

Consultation

Before making a decision about whether to proceed with the proposed amendment and permit, the Minister for Planning is undertaking consultation under section 20(5) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to understand the views of certain parties and to inform the drafting of both the amendment and permit.

Following the consultation period, the Minister may decide to refer this matter to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee for further advice before making a decision about whether to prepare, adopt and approve the amendment and permit.

If you make a submission, you will be informed if the matter is referred to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee.

Background

The Minister for Planning has received a request from the Assemble Group to facilitate the proposal through the newly established Development Facilitation Program (DFP).

The DFP was established by the Minister following the success of the Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce Priority Project Fast-Track pilot program, to speed up the assessment and determination of identified priority projects that deliver benefit.

More information

If you would like to discuss this matter further, please email Tudor Taylor, Planner, Priority Projects Team, Statutory Planning Services, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Page last updated: 20/05/21