THE Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has quashed plans for a five-storey development at Glass Street, Essendon.
Residents have been fighting the proposal for two years and had been nervously waiting for VCAT’s decision since Moonee Valley Council failed to make a determination on the development with the prescribed 60-day timeframe.
The council delay allowed the applicant, Masec Nominees Pty Ltd to take the case to the planning authority.
The proposal was for a five-storey building comprising 46 apartments, a retail space and a 120-seat restaurant.
When the council made its determination in July, despite an officers’ recommendation for its approval, an alternative recommendation tabled by Buckley ward’s Cr Jan Chantry for the development to be rejected was supported by the full council.
Since 2009, the council has had 67 formal objections to the applications made to develop the stretch of Glass Street.
Resident Margurite Saw said residents were delighted. “We were all elated. Everyone said it was a great outcome.
“It sends a message to the developer about trying to build a big and greedy complex like that.”
In VCAT’s ruling on the application, presiding member Michael Deidun stated that the proposal “failed to respond acceptably to the requirements of the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme and the built form did not respond acceptably to its physical context.”