17-Storey High Rise Tower Approved for Parkville

Originally written for Broadsheet.

Plans for a 21-level apartment building (17 storeys plus four levels of parking) at the former Commonwealth Games Village in Parkville have been approved by the state government.

The original plans for the new Parkville Gardens estate included buildings restricted to 11 storeys, plus three to four levels of parking. But as reported by the Age, developers successfully lobbied planning advisers to recommend the limit be increased to 22 levels.

The advisers were part of an independent panel put together last year. Planning Minister Richard Wynne took most of its recommendations but reduced the maximum height of the tower from 19 to 17 storeys (excluding parking). The minister’s decision has set a new 17-storey limit for the area.

Only one of Parkville Garden’s towers will be 17 storeys (21 levels with parking levels included), with others ranging from 10 to 16 storeys, plus car parking.

As reported by the Age, most of the 900 homes in the residential areas next to Royal Park are restricted to two or three levels. Currently the tallest building is 11 levels high. Residents feel the new development will have a negative impact on Royal Park, including overshadowing parkland.

In May last year, Melbourne City Council also opposed the current plan in a Future Melbourne Committee meeting where it stated the “proposed building heights and mass will increase the visual bulk and dominance of the building in long views, and impact on the [views] of the adjoining linear park, Trin Warren Tam-boore wetlands and Royal Park.”

When completed the Parkville Gardens estate will include 1600 to 1700 residences.

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