Further Assaults on Sheil Street and Gardiners Reserve

Objections to TP-2014-955 (104-110 Haines Street) by next Tuesday 23 Dec. This is a NEW DEVELOPMENT this is not MICROWAVE MAN its additional !!!

In the process of reviewing this latest application we have realised that we are now up to 277 apartments and approximately 217 car spaces with these developments in Haines and Shiel Street. (note: this figure includes the Woods Car repairs in Shiel Street as they have lodged an application for 69 apartments with 4 storeys in the front and 8 in the back).

This is totally ridiculous for this area and we need to make people aware of this situation.

277 apartments and approximately 217 car spaces in this very small area of Haines and Shiel Street.

277 apartments and approximately 217 car spaces in this very small area of Haines and Shiel Street.


114-116 Haines Street North Melbourne 3051. RAiD says, too big too high, too dense, too much loss of light.

114-116 Haines Street North Melbourne 3051. RAiD says, too big too high, too dense, too much loss of light.

Template objection 114-116 Haines Street North Melbourne Vic 3051

Dear RAiDers friends & concerned residents, we have had a number of requests for help in formatting an objection to the latest development opposite Gardiners Reserve,this one is at 114-116 Haines Street. So below is the standard text you can copy and paste into your own words.

The site owners have worked hard to fit to the current rules which you may or may not agree with but there are a number of issues with the current plan around things such as the easement, the light, balconies, car lifts, car parking etc. Many thank to the Save Gardiners Park campaign for their in put.

Objections close 5pm this Friday 21st November.

114-116 Haines Street proposed development , North Melbourne Residents want some changes

114-116 Haines Street proposed development , needs work on a few fronts


Melbourne City Council

Attention – Ms Josephine Lee

Planning and Building Department

Level 3, Council House 2

240 Little Collins Street

Melbourne                   3000

Email: planning@melbourne.vic.gov.au


Dear Ms Lee

Re: TP-2014-419, 114-116 Haines Street, North Melbourne

We recognise that development is required in inner city precincts such as North Melbourne. However we would encourage the City of Melbourne to ensure that all new develops are appropriately scaled for the area in which it is proposed and that developments are matched with social infrastructure that addresses the needs of the community. On this basis, we would like to object to the proposed development at 114-116 Haines Street, North Melbourne as we do not believe that it is sympathetic with the surrounding area, and rather than enhancing the neighbouring environment, it puts further pressures on existing infrastructure.

While we note that this proposed development may potentially adhere to the Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan, the sheared scale is completely out of context for the local area.  As such we would like to objection on the following basis:

  1. Given height of the structure there is a risk of overshadowing onto Gardiner Reserve, and there is clearly overshadowing on the adjoining roof top gardens at 118 Haines Street. All developments are required to look at overshadowing at the Equinox on 22 September at the times of 9am, 12 noon and 3pm. The overshadowing diagrams provided in the developers report for this property fail to show overshadowing at 3pm, and it is for this reason that we believe there will be overshadowing implications on Gardiner Reserve and neighbouring properties. There also seems to be an error with the existing overshadowing drawings as the drawings do not accurately reflect the orientation of the structures or the direction of north, which is providing an inaccurate representation of overshadowing on the properties.


  1. Gardiner Reserve is the only playground in North Melbourne with BBQ and play equipment. This is no doubt the busiest playground in North Melbourne – enjoyed by both adults and children alike through winter and summer. Any overshadowing of this open space will have a dramatic impact on the ability for our community to enjoy this much loved open space and will also deny our right to natural sunlight.


  1. There are only 23 car parks to accommodate the 31 buildings. This is does not provide adequate parking for those living in the property. It will also put additional pressure on the existing on street parking. There is currently a lack of car parking in Haines Street, which is already used by people (mainly construction workers) parking all day while they work in the city or on construction sites in North Melbourne or Parkville. This pressure on existing on street parking will only be increased by this development based on the proposed car spaces and other high density properties proposed at 110-112 Haines and 1 Shiel Street and 3-5 Shiel Street, which do not have enough car spaces to service each apartment. Based on the type of accommodation proposed at 114-116 Haines Street, the residents are likely to be young professionals who are renting and could be expected to own at least one, if not two, cars per apartment.   We would ask that the Council issue instructions to the developer to provide at least one car space per unit, and two car spaces for the three bedroom unit, creating a total of 32 car parks. This will ease the pressure for on street parking.


  1. No onsite car parking has been allocated for visitors at this development. This further strengthens the point made above re putting additional pressure on local streets for on-street parking. Provision should be made for on-site visitor parking.


  1. The sheer volume of vehicles associated with this development, and neighbouring developments at 1 Shiel Street, 3-5 Shiel Street and 110-112 Haines Street, will amplify the safety hazard at the roundabout at Haines / Shiel / Dryburgh Streets. Residents in the area currently risk being hit by motorists every time they attempt to use the pedestrian crossings at this intersection. Numerous accidents and near misses have occurred due to the line of sight issues created by the position of the crossing on Shiel Street and because as motorists speed up through the intersection to avoid stopping for pedestrians or simply ignore the fact it is a pedestrian crossing. Changes need to be made immediately to avoid any further accidents prior to the commencement of any construction works in the Haines / Shiel Street area, and to ensure motorists and pedestrians alike are kept safe in the long-term when all of the proposed developments have been completed.


  1. There are safety issues associated with the current configuration of vehicle access to the car park from the lane way. Based on the proposed configuration, vehicles would have to reverse down the lane should they encounter a vehicle coming in the other direction from the carpark. This presents a range of safety issues, both for residents at 114-116 Haines, but also those at 118 Haines and the ‘Taxi’ building. There is also lack of clarity around who owns these lane ways and if they are in fact formal lane ways. There seems to be an assumption that there is a formal lane way in 110-112 Haines Street that will be accessible to 114 – 116 Haines, but if this is not the case, there will be significant traffic issues.


  1. The apartments are poorly serviced in terms of natural accessible light, with many of the rooms relying on secondary light from translucent panels and voids to service rooms. The balconies are also considerably small and do not provide enough space for a small table with two chairs, a clothes horse and a conditioning unit. This also raises the question that if there was a formal public laneway, that there would be windows put in the building to services these apartments, further highlighting the above issue that there may not actually be a public laneway available to service the proposed car park and access points.


  1. There also seems to be an inaccurate representation in the developers report of the public transport that currently services (or doesn’t service) the area. The developer has stated that there is adequate public transport to the site with the Arden Street train station located nearby. This station does not even exist and is not likely to exist anytime soon.  North Melbourne residents are currently provided poor public transport options with the 57 Tram being the closest option.


  1. Given the impact on Gardiner Reserve, would encourage the Melbourne City Council to consider increasing the size of the Reserve by pushing it into Dryburgh Street. The widening of the park would increase the available open space in this area as well as creating a section of park that is less likely to be overshadowed by this development and those neighbouring. Such as development could be incorporated with the reconfiguration of the Shiel /Haines / Dryburgh Street roundabout, which would have the benefit of making the area safer for the community, while also increasing the open space footprint and creating new places for the community to meet.



Developments on major arterials, such as Curzon Street, Dryburgh Street, Arden Street, King Street and Abbotsford Street are only subjected to 4 storey developments which are more in keeping with the aesthetics of the area. Why is it that a quiet residential area that is heavily populated with young children, families and elderly people is being subjected to significant developments 10 storeys and above? We do not oppose development, but ask that it be in keeping with the local environment while also ensuring our open spaces and public infrastructure are not compromised as a result. Please consider the impacts and reject this application in its current form.

Kind regards,


News 25 June – NWMA meeting & West Melbourne Sub Station.

West Melbourne terminal station

RAiD members went to a NWMA meeting where SP Ausnet and their architects Denton Corker Marshall presented their design for the upgrade of the West Melbourne terminal station in Arden Street next to the Moonee Ponds Creek. The design for the new substation is pretty funky and  includes some land given over to public open space. Given  how unattractive the current substation looks the new one will be a big improvement and we told the architects and SP Ausnet as much.

Redevelopment of the West Melbourne Substation could include public land.

Redevelopment of the West Melbourne Substation could include public land.

 Community Forum

The Community Alliance of Port Phillip (CAPP) together with Port People (PP), Beacon Cove Neighbourhood Association (BCNA) and Port 2 Port, are hosting a Forum on the future of the Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Area. The forum will bring together planning and development experts with community activists to provide information and assistance on the Fishermans Bend Development.

When: Sunday 7th July
Time: 2-5pm
Location:South Melbourne Commons (Crn Bank and Montague Sts South Melbourne)

For more information go to the following webpage: http://www.capp.org.au/news/cappnews150613.html

Panelists include
• Dr Darragh O’Brien (principal), Architectural Research Consultancy, http://www.arcpl.com.au
• Francis Grey, economist, http://www.ecolarge.com/aboutus/team/
• Dr Kate Shaw, geographer, Melbourne University, http://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person1533
• Dr Rory Hyde, Unsolicited Architecture, Melbourne University, http://roryhyde.com/blog/
• Robert Pradolin, General Manager Australand, Residential Victoria, http//www.zoominfo.com/p/Robert-Pradolin/411433269

Moderator: Peter Mares, writer, researcher, and former ABC broadcaster.

Big thanks to our donor who seeks no acknowledgement.
A serial donor to RAID has generously donated $500 for our legal team and for all their good works!

If the futures so bright do I need to wear shades?


With the avalanche of news I can’t decide if the sound track to RAiD3051 should be Gloria Gaynor or something deep & dark by Nick Cave? In the last few weeks we believe VCAT have erred in law with their ruling but have no funding to challenge it.  The initiative to lift the height limits along Boundary Road potentially blows 2.5 years of work on a structure plan out of the window. Finally today it is an untested plan for a school and a park in the Boundary Road area. Yes we are bent but we are unbowed.


I admit to feeling confused and some what torn over today’s announcement as the list of community facilities sounds like a dream –  schools, parks, health services etc and that is what integrated development is all about – good social outcomes for the whole community. But the real issue is trust. Governments at various levels have promised if there is development we will get an underground metro station.  What we have got is the development and the problematic issues that go with it and no metro station in sight within a decade.


Here is the link to the article in the Age. Remember it is not necessarily entirely factual what is reported.  It is more like somewhere between journalism, a press shot, marketing & PR.  Make your own mind up a in the mean time when we say “No Towers” at Vaughan Terrace & Canning Street we still mean it as everything should be judged on it merits. I detect lively discussions a head.


RAiD3051 its about scale and services

Still no to towers at the corner of canning & vaughan terrace

Melbourne Parks Meeting Supper Room 8 March

Report by Peter Topping

Last night I went to the parks meeting at the supper room at the Melbourne Town Hall  & met lots of residents from all over Melbourne & all the movers & shakers. Great turn out from North Melbourne & Kensington residents.

Well done everyone who had time to go.

In summary it was fab, the plans are fantastic. The big if is (& it is a giant IF) is can the plans be delivered on as the State Government is required to hand over land in the development corridors for parks rather than sell it all to developers. Think about in a era of budget squeezes,” the money or public open space?”.

The issues that arose were ones of integration, there was no evidence of links to things like sports and rec planning as a big growth in population puts pressure on our already struggling facilites at Arden St, the pool , JJ Holland and the tennis courts. In a simular vien we were all concerned about making better use of the existing space and the liner reserves we have in many streets for opportunistic recreation like a spring time sit in the sun for apartment dwellers & older less mobile residents.

Plan to redevelop and enhance the Park on Vaughan Tce and Dryburgh in front of proposed Woolworths development

Vaughan Tce & Dryburgh St Park in front of the proposed Woolworths development is ear marked for an upgrade.

On the bright side great work by the Melbourne City Council, really well hosted with exciting prospects for the future.