Mixed Use Development Gets the Go Ahead

Date: 
31 May 2013

Manningham Council has approved a planning application for a three stage combined retail and residential development on an 11,700 m² site in Doncaster Hill at 659-669 Doncaster Road, between Tower Street and Council Street, Doncaster.

Council gave approval for the development following the lodging of an amended application that took into consideration advice from VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and Manningham Council officers.

The amended application reduced the size of the proposed retail store, increased traffic improvement measures and redesigned the rear interface of the site where the loading and service areas are adjacent to a residential development on Berkeley Street.

The approved development will be constructed in three stages.

Stage one, a Central Tower, covering approximately 60 per cent of the site, comprises a multi-level Bunnings store with 10.532m² of floor area, an apartment tower (124 one and two bedroom dwellings) and three levels of basement car parking.

Stages two and three will occur on both sides of the Bunnings store and will consist of two residential towers (261 dwellings) and 1266m² of ground floor retail space and basement car parking.

Manningham Mayor Cr Jennifer Yang said she believed the amended development application provides a good outcome for such a high profile and currently under-utilised site.

“There has been a significant effort from all parties to ensure that this development meets all the criteria of the Doncaster Hill Strategy in terms of providing a strong mix of residential and commercial uses and sustainable, well designed outcomes for prominent development sites within Doncaster Hill.”

“I believe the new retail outlets and more than 380 apartments, serviced by several Smartbus routes, will make a significant contribution in fulfilling the outstanding potential of the Doncaster Hill Activities Area,” she said.