The World’s Most Liveable City Versus Berlin!

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | 2 Comments
The World’s Most Liveable City Versus Berlin!

I’ve recently returned to “The world’s most liveable city” after a holiday in Berlin. Congratulations Melbourne, having again been awarded this prize for the fourth time running! Whilst I have always had such an appreciation for Melbourne, I appreciate it that bit more every time I return from a trip abroad. However Berlin left a […]

Does that old house you want have a heritage listing? What does it mean?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Planning | No Comments
Does that old house you want have a heritage listing? What does it mean?

Regular readers of this blog will know that I love working on renovations to old houses or those with a heritage listing. These are pieces of our history. They tell the story of how we used to live, what was architecturally fashionable in the day, and remind us of the way houses were once built. […]

Keeping our heritage.

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | No Comments
Keeping our heritage.

I read an article last week about the gentrification of one of Melbourne’s oldest suburbs: Collingwood. It came as no surprise; those who visit the area will have seen it change in recent years. As I write there are 637 apartments being built there across five projects. That’s five very big developments, which are in […]

Liveable Cities – Better Blocks

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Blog, Planning | No Comments
Liveable Cities – Better Blocks

Last year Melbourne was again named the world’s most liveable city. This is a title we don’t want to lose. But how do we maintain our ranking, given the challenges we face in the future? Our population is growing rapidly, the amount of new housing on offer is not nearly matching the extra people we […]

Housing Affordability. Or lack there of.

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | No Comments
Housing Affordability. Or lack there of.

“One Melbourne or two?” The title of a report released last week revealing half the amount of jobs available for those in outer Melbourne compared with those inner; less schools, less access to public transport, and one third the number of hospital beds… The direction of peak hour traffic has long told us this; did […]

Melbourne planning at its worst.

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | 2 Comments
Melbourne planning at its worst.

Saturday morning: coffee in left hand, croissant in right hand, The Age newspaper in front of me. It’s a good Saturday morning so far. What I didn’t expect was the front page and page 5 to contain two articles on separate debacles in the Melbourne planning system. I felt a mixture of frustration and disbelief […]

Fear of Rejection – Planning Permit Applications

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | 11 Comments

This week I got rejected, and it hurt. No self-help books, large tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream, or trip to a psychologist will help me with this one. This time only my friends at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal – VCAT will be able to make me feel better. The council refused a […]

The 7 biggest mistakes people make when submitting a planning application.

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Planning | 5 Comments
The 7 biggest mistakes people make when submitting a planning application.

Planning permit application. Three words that sends fear through people, turning them whiter than a minimalist interior. If you have a small block, more than one house proposed (commonly referred to as a “development”), or heritage controls, you need a planning permit from the local council. Yes the council. However, the role of a planning […]

What is inappropriate development?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | 16 Comments
What is inappropriate development?

Over the last two weeks my letterbox has been filled with more than just the latest bargain offerings from Target, and menus from my local restaurants. As a result my evenings have seen me do more than enjoy take away in the comfort of my new Pyjamas. I also perused about 12 different flyers received […]