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Protect Lumley Park from excessive development

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PROTECT LUMLEY PARK FROM EXCESSIVE DEVELOPMENT (Planning application 0635/17 @ 2 Lumley Court)

 Lumley Park is a loved and well-used neighbourhood park between Lumley Court and Jessamine Avenue. It is home to a fenced kids playground, 2 BBQ spots, a dog running area and a public toilet with classical music. It is the only public green-space in the square between High Street, Dandenong Road, Williams Road and Chomley Road. Most the residents living here consider this park to be their backyard [1].

 The western front of the park is at risk of being altered very significantly by a new development. A developer has filed an application to replace the existing building (2 storeys, well set back from the park boundary) by a new 3 storey construction, set right against the park boundary, up to 3 meters higher than the existing building[2].

 The proposed development will contain 5 units with 160 to 200 square meters each, on a block of ca. 680 sq. meters. This massive block will tower over the side of the park where the playground and the BBQ spots are situated. It will partly overshadow the playground from 5pm onwards for most the year.

In his application, the developer dismisses the existence of a neighbourhood character to the area. Further he qualifies the park as an urban park surrounded by buildings, not worth protection in the same manner other inner city green spaces. The application implies that the character of the park has nothing to loose. According to the application, the surveillance over the park from the new building bulk is a desirable side effect of pushing onto the park boundaries. Indeed, any activity on the western side of the park would be in the shadow and under the surveillance of the new dwelling.

 Unfortunately the concerns raised by the residents over the cost to public amenity were not addressed in the consultative council meeting organised to that effect.

Please sign the petition to preserve Lumley Park’s character. We ask the councillors of the city of Stonnington to reject the application as is and to send the applicants back to the drawing board to reduce the surveillance / overshadowing of the park by:

  • increasing the set back from the park,
  • limiting the height to the 9 meter standard of all other the park surrounding buildings.

[1] In this square, there are more than 200 units in multi-dwelling buildings.
[2] The current building measures 8.7 meters at the roof pitch while the proposed development would reach up to 11.4 meters.

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