Nov 302011

These articles have been published in the Hobsons Bay Leader.

Article below by Hobsons Bay Leader… or go to the articles  “Woollen Mills report released” and “Hobsons Bay to make call on high-rise development“.


Woollen Mills report released

By Laura Keys
28 Nov, 2011 2:54 PM

THE planning advisory committee’s report on the proposed development at the former Port Phillip Woollen Mills site in Williamstown was released today – nearly seven months after it was completed.

The 210-page report, dated May 10, 2011, was released by Planning Minister Matthew Guy today (Monday) and is likely to help shape any decision made on development of the 2.7ha site, which was rezoned from light industrial to residential in 2010.

Developer Nelson Place Village Pty Ltd has proposed a 451-dwelling, 46.5m high development on the site.

But while the report welcomes denser development than local planning controls presently allow, it recommends height restrictions of up to 25m.

The report also supports:

The concept of series of laneways running through the site;

A community infrastructure levy of $900 per dwelling; and

A community meeting room of 100sq m.

The report states that a Design and Development Overlay (DDO), which applies to the site, is the right choice of planning control but suggests that it would need “substantial modification” to encompass the panel’s recommendations.

The report also recommends that the Planning Minister be the responsible authority for deciding whether or not to grant planning permits for the site, but Mr Guy announced this morning he would hand that power back to Hobsons Bay Council.

A spokesman for Mr Guy said the minister accepted all the report’s recommendations except the one that made him the responsible authority and he would expect the council to take the recommendations into consideration when assessing planning permits.

The council has been contacted for comment.


Hobsons Bay to make call on high-rise development

By Laura Keys
28 Nov, 2011 11:43 AM

UPDATE 3pm: PLANNING Minister Matthew Guy has confirmed Hobsons Bay Council will have the power to decide the future of the former Port Phillip Woollen Mills site in Williamstown.
The land is owned by Nelson Place Village Pty Ltd, which is seeking to build a 451-dwelling, 13-storey development on the 2.7ha site.
Mr Guy today announced that, despite a planning advisory committee’s recommendation that he be the responsible authority for the site, he would hand control back to the council.
“The Government was elected to listen to people of Victoria and that’s precisely what we’re doing,” Mr Guy said.
“This is a clear example where there is a role not only for local council and the local community to have their say and, hopefully, come up with a development which not only allows for growth and jobs, but also produces an outcome which residents and those visiting the area believe is a positive addition and not something that detracts from the community’s amenity.”
The minister’s spokesman, Nicholas McGowan, said the community and the council deserved the opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process.
“A critical aspect of the (minister’s) decision is to restore the involvement of the local council and most importantly, the local community,” Mr McGowan said.

“That was the drive in making the decision he has.”
Mr Guy today released the advisory committee’s report and Mr McGowan said the council would need to consider the committee’s recommendations during the planning approvals process.
“The rest of the report is accepted as presented,” Mr McGowan said.

“The minister has accepted those, sothe council will need to take those into consideration. We hope they will welcome those.”
Williamstown Labor MP Wade Noonan, who made a submission to the committee, welcomed the release of the report.
“I’m very pleased that the report picks up many of the recommendations from our joint submission, including the references to the design review panel, social infrastructure, and industry interface issues,” Mr Noonan said.
EARLIER REPORT, 11.43am: A REPORT that the Planning Minister plans to hand the decision-making power for a proposed 13-storey development at the former Port Phillip Woollen Mills in Williamstown back to Hobsons Bay Council has caught the main players by surprise.

The report in today’s Herald Sun states that Planning Minister Matthew Guy will pass responsibility for approving or refusing the development back to the council.

But a spokesman for the developer, Nelson Place Village, said it had not yet received any official confirmation from the Baillieu Government about the decision.

“We haven’t seen any official confirmation so we’re reluctant to comment until we do,” spokesman Ashley Williams said.

Save Williamstown spokesman and community advocate Godfrey Moase said he was awaiting official notice but he cautiously welcomed the news.

“The community views it as a victory for local democracy that this is coming back to council,” Mr Moase said.

“I thought there had been an overwhelming community response about this and I think that it was only a matter of time until the State Government had to listen to the views and feelings of the community.

“It never should have gone to State Government in the first place.”

Western Metropolitan Greens MP Colleen Hartland said although she had not heard officially, she would be pleased to see power returned to the council.

“It’s what should happen with these projects,” Ms Hartland said.

“Councils are the best placed to make these decisions.”

Former Planning Minister Justin Madden took control of the decision away from the council in March 2010 when he rezoned the 2.7ha parcel of land for residential use and appointed an independent advisory committee to recommend planning controls for the site.

The committee sat for 15 days and heard more than 145 submissions earlier this year.

Following the hearing, the committee produced a report for Mr Guy which has not yet been released to the public.

Mr Guy, the Department of Planning and Community Development and Hobsons Bay Council have been contacted for comment.

 Posted by at 10:52 am
Nov 232011

An article regarding the 6 Paine St development has just been published in the Hobsons Bay Weekly.

Article and picture below by Hobsons Bay Weekly.. or go to the article at the Hobsons Bay Weekly website.

Artist's impression: A north-west perspective of the proposed development at the former Newport timber yard.

Newport timber yard plan update still angers

23 Nov, 2011 1:00 AM

MORE than 200 objections have been lodged against a new development proposal for the former Newport timber yard.

A $9.6million, 45-dwelling apartment block, over three and four storeys (see artist’s sketch opposite), has been proposed for 6 Paine Street.

As reported by the Weekly in April, the developer’s earlier proposal for a three-storey, 42-dwelling apartment block was rejected by Hobsons Bay Council and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

More than 80 objections against the first proposal were received by the council, opposing the proposed black, cube-like building.

Then in August, the Weekly reported residents felt “blackmailed” by a developer’s letter which indicated that if residents did not accept a new design, a four-storey, 136-dwelling social housing complex could be built without council approval.

The council denied that this was the case.

Resident Anthony Simmons said residents had been “taken aback” by the latest plans.

“The new proposal is essentially the same as the old proposal except it’s increased in size and density. That’s upset a lot of people and there’s a feeling of the process having failed them. They’ve changed the colour, but they’ve packed more people in; the population density is up by about 14per cent.”

The council’s planning and environment director, Peter Gaschk, said officers were still reviewing the application. Domain Hill Property Group town planner Eddie Zagami, acting for the developer, said the increased number of apartments was a “byproduct of the new design”.

“We believe we’ve addressed the design issues and as a result there are a few more apartments.”

 Posted by at 3:02 pm
Nov 202011

Great news – at least 200 objections have been lodged against this ridiculous over-development. Well done everyone!

But if you have not yet lodged your objection please be quick, closing date for objections could be any day now.

Below you will find links to the application and information on how to object.


Former Newport Timber Yard (6 Paine St) Development

Massive 43 unit development, 3 and 4 stories high.


Having previously been rejected by both Council and VCAT, the developer has made another application to council to develop this site.

Despite some minor changes the design remains essentially the same, but has now increased in the number of dwellings and height. The terrible impact on neighbourhood character, heritage, traffic, parking, and park amenity of this development remains the same.

This is what the developer wants to stick in the middle of our neighbourhood…

You can view the application and plans here.

If you oppose this development (and what it represents and sets precedents for) please support your neighbourhood by objecting to it as soon as possible, preferably before 10th November.


Here are some aids to objecting, select the most convenient. Each person in your household can submit their own objection.

PRE-COMPLETED OBJECTION (MICROSOFT-WORD or PDF) – containing the most pertinent points and you can use it as a reference for completing the blank objection form or submitting an objection on Council’s planning system (Greenlight), or submit the pre-completed objection form itself.

COUNCILS PLANNING SYSTEM for online submission, go to the bottom of the page for objection form. Review the above pre-completed objection document for assistance and text you might want to use.

BLANK OBJECTION FORM for writing your own objection.

FAX any of the above to 03 9932 1090, make sure you include the following information:
– Application number: PA1123425
– Site address: 6 Paine St Newport
– Your name and address.

POST any of the above to:
Hobsons Bay City Council – Corporate Centre

Town Planning Department (Mark Tenner)

115 Civic Parade
Altona VIC 3018

To speak with Council’s planner about this development, phone Mark Tenner on 03 9932 1157.

If you have any questions of us, please email

Good luck everyone, and let the community’s voice be heard.

 Posted by at 9:38 pm