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,


1 Sheil Street Development (updated 08 May)

In response to the number of enquires we have about the development proposed for the site at 1 Sheil St, we can confirm, it is a 10 storey, 27 meter plus high development. The planning permit number is TP 2014-115. You can see the application on the MCC site at this link here.


We suggest you down load the link one on this page if you are not familiar with what is proposed, the PDF it is an excellent over view:


Every resident is free to object if they wish, some input has been provided by RAiD as a group. Numbers are important to the council in order to facilitate a review so if you feel strongly get involved.

While the design is by a very reputable architect, there are set backs and enough bike parks it is too big and with the plant on the roof significantly exceeds the most generous of high limits under the previous schemes.

Given the fact that we are about to lose the linear park to the freeway the communities concerns for the park and surrounds are understandable.

You may review the submission we have put here on these links:

RAID@3051 submission_New Residential Zones for the City of Melbourne FINAL

RAID_1 Shiel St_May 2nd_2014-1 FINAL

Why are we concerned about this? In a nutshell

The updated planning application has been submitted to develop a 10 storey (31.6 metre building) of 46 apartments at 1 Shiel Street (corner of Haines and Shiel Streets) directly opposite Gardiner Reserve.

This site was subject to a planning application in 2013 – for a 6 storey, 22 apartment development – against which RAID submitted an objection.  The proposal was subsequently approved by Council in late 2013 despite the many deficiencies highlighted in objections from the community including height and scale, overshadowing and impact on open space; and car parking and traffic management issues.  And now a bigger, bolder, more intrusive and denser version is being proposed for the same site.


Image from Planning Permit TP-2014-115 for 1 Sheil St North Melbourne 3051

Planning Permit TP-2014-115 for 1 Sheil St North Melbourne 3051

Inner Melbourne Planning Alliance or IMPA is coming

As dissatisfaction with the community’s ability to have a valid and equal hearing with regard to planning outcomes at either, a City wide or State level grows the patch work of local groups with a neighbourhood or niche interests in planning are co a lessing around the newly formed IMPA. The Inner Melbourne Planning Association is a group with both strong professional connections as well community roots that may help swing the current asymmetrical battle between big , huge, larger or multi national and Ministerial vision projects back into a little more balance with residents aspirations. This will be a topic on the next RAiD meeting agenda. Kensington has recently expressed support as show in the online record of their Nov 2013 meeting. Follow the link here Kensington Association IMPA Nov 2013.

RAiD 3051 vs Woolworths VCAT Oct update

RAiD 3051 Woolworth appeal VCAT appeal case

RAiD 3051 a small North Melbourne residents group standing up for integrated planning and good social outcomes for North Melbourne residents is in VCAT

Dear Neighbours – items of update regarding action in the RAID VCAT appeal.

1.       Jane Good represented RAID @ 3051 Inc at a VCAT *Practice Day

Hearing* on September 21 and the following order was subsequently advised by VCAT Deputy President, Helen Gibson regarding hearing and mediation dates:

– *Mediation *(3 hours duration) set for *December 4 at 10.00 am*

– *Hearing *(only if the proceeding is not fully settled beforehand by consent or at mediation) *set for February 25th for seven days.*

Our *thanks to Jane Good* for her continued support and advocacy for the RAID position and liaison with Melbourne City Council who are also appellants at VCAT.

2.       The RAID Planning Group is working on *building an evidence base*to support the preferred position for better integrated development of a significantly lesser scale than what has been approved at this time.

This includes, but is not exclusive to, social infrastructure issues (provision of education, health and recreation services); availability of alcohol and the impact of packaged alcohol sales on communities; and traffic and parking issues generated by the proposed development.  RAID members are encouraged to provide any research reports, insights or expertise to assist with preparing the evidence.  Please respond by return email and we will follow up with you.

3.       Thank you for your support – our focus is on increasing our *membership*.  Attached is the membership form to download, fill in and drop off with $2.00 ($1.00 membership and $1.00 annual fee) to 42 Canning St.  Please provide an email address and confirmation that membership has been received will be provided.

4.       Thank you for *donations* that have been received.  We have a way to go in reaching our $10,000 target (as advised in email update 32) any contribution to assist us in moving closer to this target is very welcome.  Our case to VCAT will be best supported by engaging expert witnesses who can prepare and present a strong case and be cross-examined.

5.       Thank you to Kate Ritchie of Chin Communications Pty Ltd, a who has *translated the RAID flyer into a Chinese language.  *This will assist in providing information about the development to members of our diverse community.

6. The next steps and ongoing action include:

– RAID membership drive

– RAID posters are still available – put one up in your front window

– Make a donation to the RAID VCAT appeal

– Send your thoughts on a fund-raising event for late October/November

and your availability to assist in planning the event

– Let us know if you have expertise in any of the grounds of appeal

areas. *Your ongoing support is vital.  We look forward to your feedback*.

Keep up-to-date by referring to the RAID @3051 website –


Developers win big in Armadale – the details

Despite support from the Local Council who rejected the Lend Lease plan in 2010, they have won at VCAT.

You can see the full details in The AGE online here, read it before they put a firewall up and make it pay per view or out source all the local journos to Sevtlavia East, as wont know where Armadale is.

The Age Online Reporting Victorian Planning Issues

The Age Online Reporting Victorian Planning Issues


Looking through the damage, what are the wins. They knocked off 13 apartments from the plan (no mean feat that is a whole development). They got a maternal and child health care centre built – good long term gain for an inner city community (wonder if they got some where to park the 4 wheel drives). Additionally they got a store and a cafe, they got the engagement of the council at a community level and they worked together as residents and those links and bonds are great achievements. Take the credit, well done guys thanks for taking the fight on behalf of Melbourne citizens all the way.

Are there alternatives to Hong Kong Style High rise Developments?

We all want quality development that is citizen friendly and most of us accept and understand that increasing urban density is a must but do we need Hong Kong style high rise like the Woolworths proposed development at Vaughan & Canning in North Melbourne? Are there are alternatives which are much more sensible? If you check out this in todays Age you might get a different view on the alternatives, however if rumor is to be believed prehaps 30 million for the Vaughan Terrace land has put some lower limits on density with out making a loss. Have a read and write some letter to the Age & Woolworths. http://www.theage.com.au/business/property/making-rooms-at-the-top-20120424-1xj9b.html

The Age Online Friday 27 High Rise Alternatives for North Melbourne

The Age Online Friday 27 High Rise Alternatives for North Melbourne

RAiD Community update 19 March

The RAiD 3051 information Desk at the Errol Street Primary School Fete was a major success. Many thanks to interested parents who allowed us to be present & voice this vital planning issue.

The slowly mounting opposition to the Woollies development resulted in another 30 residents who were at Fete seeking membership of  RAID.

With the Arden Macaulay Structure Plan driving a lists of unknows for 3051, parents of local primary school children and other local residents concerned about impact of cumulative developments  on neighbourhood social infrastructure, transport and traffic were keen to know more.

In other news we were sent a link to what seems to be an new proposed development on Racecourse Road North Melbourne. Even though the page is up and being promoted on the web it doesnt show up in the enquiry form of the company at this stage? If you know more let us know at raid3051@gmail.com , we are keen to know which end of the road it will be.


Many thanks to all those who saw the “proposed” Woolworths development featured in The Age Apartments Supplement on Saturday and let us know. Proposed didn’t mean going ahead when I last read a dictionary.

North Melbourne Primary School Fete is a huge annual feature on the North Melbourne calendar, it is big event & well supported by local business & the community.

North Melbourne Primary School Fete is a big annual feature on the North Melbourne calendar



Happy Labour Day Long Weekend Update.

Wether we are pausing to reflect on Labour day or just enjoying the long weekend it is great to know that other people are in the same situation as us. When looking for RAiD online I found the trail of this anti Woolworths development in Northern NSW. They seem to have gone for the all out confrontation (which is always an option if things go ugly) but it does indicate the day to day disruption caused by the development itself. Here is their website link http://www.mullumaction.org/home.html

What I did find via their website which is a must see is the ABC Hungry Beast feature on the Coles Woolworths duopoly. It is scary viewing if it is all true & still scary even if it is only half true especially for the future of the 3 local IGAs and the 2 Foodworks supermarkets in the area which are for the most part locally owned.

Woolworth Coles Duopoly as seen in the ABC Hungry Beast Intro

Woolworth Coles Duopoly as seen in the ABC Hungry Beast

Incase you cant ge this to play here are some other links to it.






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.

Massive Coles Supermarket Development to go ahead in Smith St

VCAT approves a bigger development than originally mandated in Smith St. First it was only Woolies now Coles have joined the developer bad boys riding rough shod over the local council and citizens.

First well done to the City of Yarra for standing up for residents against the scale, intensity & delivery trucks, second well done to the citizens action groups for helping us model a path with your experiences, you have lead the way for many communities facing the same challenges.

North Melbourne will fight on. Read the whole story here on The Age Online, “supersized Coles gets the nod”.

Online http://www.theage.com.au/business/supersized-coles-gets-the-nod-20120307-1ujbc.html

If anyone hears any comment from the Minister Matthew Guy let me know please. Remember like Yarra we dont want “no development” which just want, “the coherently planned development at a sustainable scale of our suburb”.

So join RAiD 3051 and help us keep the developers honest & the demands reasonable.