Stop high-rise development in low-rise neighbourhoods. Clifton Hill and Fitzroy North.
Yarra City Council is considering proposals for up to 17‑storeys on Queens Parade and 5-storeys behind the Queens Parade Village and adjacent to our residential neighbourhood
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Stop high-rise development in low-rise neighbourhoods.
Yarra’s Vision and Labor promised to preserve our low-rise neighbourhood
Developers are snapping up properties on both sides of the Queens Parade Village for record prices
The 16-storey development proposal shown is for 476 new dwellings at 26-56 Queens Parade. It:
- would tower above and dominate the neighbouring 1-2 storey heritage homes
- includes licensed premises which will operate till 11pm
- is completely out of character with the surrounding neighbourhood
- includes reduced car parking but significant increase in traffic
The 5-storey development proposal shown is in the laneway at the rear of the village at 312-318 Queens Parade and McKean Street. It:
- was barely advertised – did you know about it?
- is in the Heritage Overlay
- would dominate the surrounding 1 to 2-storey neighbourhood
- is inaccessible by MFB fire trucks
- would add traffic and block the laneway for traders
- would create a precedent for Clifton Hill and Fitzroy North
The 17-storey development proposal shown at 249-261 Queens Parade will be the highest apartment tower ever built in a largely low-rise area
- City of Yarra
- Minister of Planning
Preserve our urban character and protect the distinctive identity of our low-rise, close-knit residential neighbourhood in Fitzroy North and Clifton Hill.
We the undersigned, have relied on promises made by the local and State governments and invested (financially and personally) in this neighbourhood because we value:
• the sense of safety and community inherent in the area’s quiet, residential character, where laneways are used as intended – by the fruit shops and newsagents they support and young families live side-by-side with older generations; and
• the sense of continuity and flow as we move through our neighbourhood and interact with our neighbours, the open parklands, the low rise (mostly 1-2 storey), low density predominately intact historic streetscapes; and
• safety and the policies and guidelines of our emergency services.
We understand development is reasonable but, as recognised in the Yarra Vision, the majority of new development will be accommodated on strategic redevelopment sites and development not on these sites and outside activity centres should reflect the prevailing low-rise urban form, and development within Yarra’s activity centres should not dominate existing built form. To do otherwise would destroy this neighbourhood.
We strongly object to developments that:
• do not meet the State and local governments commitment to preserve our urban character and protect the distinctive identity of the low-rise, close-knit residential neighbourhoods.
• do not contribute to our community’s safety
• do not meet the policies and guidelines of our emergency services
• do not respect the neighbourhood character and ensure laneways do not lose their functional emphasis supporting local shopkeepers, interacting with the community – not to be packed with traffic and dominated by apartments.
We call on the City of Yarra and the Minister of Planning to keep their promises and preserve our neighbourhood’s character.
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