The City of Boroondara is disappointed that the Heritage Council has decided to overturn a decision by Heritage Victoria to refuse a heritage permit for an apartment building in the Kew Residential Services site.
The Heritage Council determines appeals lodged against the decisions made by Heritage Victoria.
The City of Boroondara made submissions strongly supporting Heritage Victoria’s refusal to approve the application during a four day hearing in June. Council also called an expert witness to give evidence on the impact of the proposal.
The appeal was lodged by the Walker Corporation who is developing the land.
Studley Ward Councillor, Phillip Healey, said “The scale of the development will compromise the heritage value of the original Kew Cottages buildings and the former Willsmere Hospital adjacent to the site. The building is too tall and too large.
“Council strongly objected to the development and believes the site should be retained as parkland, consistent with the original approved concept plan for the redevelopment of the Kew Residential Services land,” Cr Healey said.
The Walker Corporation still needs to obtain a planning permit from the Minister for Planning before the development can go ahead.
The Minister for Planning is the Responsible Authority for making planning permit decisions about the site.
Council will have an opportunity to make a submission in relation to the planning permit application in due course.
Mayor of Boroondara Cr Jim Parke requests the Minister for Planning rejects any planning application for an apartment building on the site and set aside the area as open space.
For more information, please contact Neva Law via email [email protected] or call 0481 912 411.