Learn about draft Stonnington Planning Scheme Amendment C313ston which is a proposed combined planning permit application and planning scheme amendment under section 96A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The amendment and planning permit application applies to land at 196-206 High Street, Windsor.
Draft amendment C313ston proposes to make the Minister for Planning the responsible authority for administering planning permit PA2101189 which proposes the construction of a six-story building (with two basement levels) comprising retail (shop and food and drink premises), office floorspace in an Activity Centre Zone with a reduction in car parking and alteration of access to a road in a Road Zone Category 1.
What the draft amendment does
The Amendment proposes to make the Minister for Planning the responsible authority for planning permit application PA2101189 and any matter required by planning permit PA2101189 to be endorsed, approved and done to the satisfaction of the responsible authority.
The Amendment proposes to make the following changes to the Stonnington 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 land affected by this amendment. The planning permit application PA2101189 seeks approval for:
- The construction of a six-storey building with two basement levels, comprising a shop, food and drink premises, office floorspace and a reduction is car parking.
The draft planning permit application PA2101189 seeks approval for the construction of a six-story building (with two basement levels) comprising retail (shop and food and drink premises), office floorspace in an Activity Centre Zone with a reduction in car parking and alteration of access to a road in a Road Zone Category 1 specifically:
- Construction of a six-story building (with two basements levels) containing:
- Maximum building height of 25.9 metres (to the lift overrun).
- Basement levels to be utilised primarily for car/motorcycle parking and building services and waste room.
- Ground level to comprise an entry way to the building, retail shop (378m2), two food and beverage premises (176m2 and 394m2) and office floorspace (515m2).
- Levels 1 to 5 comprise of office floorspace (combined 5,943m2) with communal open space located at levels 3 and 5.
- Roof level will comprise of building services and solar panels.
- 66 car parking spaces, 3 motorcycle spaces and 86 bicycle spaces (12 visitor spaces).
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 to inform the drafting of both the amendment and permit.
Following the consultation period, the Minister may decide to refer this matter, and submissions received as part of the consultation process, to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee for further advice before making a decision about whether to prepare, adopt and approve the proposed planning scheme amendment and permit.
If you make a submission, you will be informed if the matter is referred to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee.
The Minister for Planning has received a request from FC (High Street Windsor) Pty Ltd. to facilitate the proposal through the newly established Development Facilitation Program.
The Victorian Government has identified Victoria’s building and construction sector as a key mechanism to revitalise Victoria’s economy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Development Facilitation Program 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 investment into the Victorian economy, keep people in jobs, and provide a substantial public benefit.
The previous permit application lodged on the site was for the construction of an eight-storey mixed-use development comprising ground floor food and drink premises, a shop and offices which was subject to VCAT proceeding P327/2020 against council’s failure to determine the application. The council advised VCAT that it would have refused to grant a planning permit if an appeal had not been lodged with the Tribunal. VCAT upheld council’s decision and affirmed that no permit be granted on the basis of excessive building height and building design.
The revised proposal reduces the height of the development to six-storeys and proposes a number of design changes in response to the VCAT decision.
If you would like to discuss this matter further, please email Dan Lawlor, Planner, Priority Projects Team, Statutory Planning Services, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Page last updated: 20/05/21