We’ve received a copy of a letter written to all councillors from one Carnegie resident. It is published below – minus identifying material. The epistle has also prompted us to investigate more closely what is happening along one major street – Neerim Road. As with Bent Street, the juggernaut of over development is destroying street after street. We repeat that:

  • When no consideration is given to the cumulative effects of countless developments, then this is sub-standard planning
  • Council can repeat and repeat its mantra that the zones have nothing whatsoever to do with this over-development. Those living in these streets and who are regularly accosted by developers beg to differ.

The Letter

I am compelled to write to you regarding the development that is occurring in Carnegie. In the last 12 months, at least 25 houses have been sold to developers and 4 storey buildings are being built and are proposed for these sites totalling at least 200 apartments heralding a dramatic increase in people and traffic. These sites are all within 150 metres along Neerim Rd between Tranmere St, Elliott Ave and Belsize Ave, and continuing into Elliott Ave and Belsize Ave. There are at least 5 more sites proposed in Jersey Pde, between Elliott Ave and Tranmere St on the north side.

This pace and size of this development is unprecedented and the consequent loss of living standards and future livability for existing, and proposed residents is causing severe stress and alarm. Loss of neighbourhood character, garden space and privacy is a major concern.

Traffic is already an issue as this area attracts overflow from the station and exiting the side streets into the main arterial streets is hazardous. The increased number of people living in this confined area can only exacerbate an already difficult situation.

In the Glen Eira News, (December, 2014) newly appointed Mayor, Jim Magee stated that the “Council is undertaking a series of major projects to provide improved facilities for residents” He stated that these include some open space projects. These are to be commended. However, I believe these public projects ,albeit important for outdoor leisure and recreation cannot compensate for the losses being experienced with the massive development that is occurring. He also said “I love living in Glen Eira and want everyone who lives here to feel the same”. I can assure him that everyone would want to share that sentiment. Unfortunately, this is being translated into shock, horror and despair.

I would like to invite you to come and view these developments and stand on the corner of Elliott Ave and Neerim Rds. I am happy to meet you there. Please come and see for yourself and reassure the residents that Glen Eira Councillors are aware of this juggernaut that is overwhelming our suburb.

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The Sad History of Neerim Road

212 Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Construction of alterations and additions to the existing dwelling and construction of a double storey dwelling at the rear (NRZ1)

487 Neerim Road MURRUMBEENA VIC 3163 – Development and use of a child care centre, construction of a side fence in the Design and Developement Overlay (DDO), removal of a tree in the Neighbourhood Character Overlay (NCO), and buildings and works in the Special Building Overlay (SBO) (NRZ1)

322-326 Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Construction of a four (4) storey building comprising 38 dwellings and associated basement carparking (RGZ1)

332-334 Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Construction of a four (4) storey building comprising twenty six (26) dwellings above a basement car park; Reduction of the requirement for visitor parking; and Alteration of access to a Road Zone Category 1 (permit) (RGZ1)

365-367 Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Construction of a Multi-Storey Building Comprising Dwellings and creation of access to a road in a road zone Cat 1(GRZ1)

276-280 Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Development and use of the land for the purpose of a five storey building with retail premises at ground floor, up to forty two dwellings and basement car parking, a reduction in the standard car parking requirements and waiver of a loading area (MUZ)

339-341 Neerim Road & 19-21 Belsize Avenue CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Construction of a four-storey building comprising thirty-five (35) dwellings and a basement car park and reduction of the visitor car parking requirement (rgz1)

17 Neerim Road CAULFIELD VIC 3162 – Construction of alterations and additions to the existing dwelling (including a first floor addition) and construction of a double storey dwelling to the rear of the existing dwelling – Amended (permit) (NRZ1)

401-407 Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Construction of a five storey building comprising of shops and dwellings above basement car park, a reduction in standard car parking requirements and to create access to a Road Zone Category 1 (permit) (MUZ)

135-137 Neerim Road GLEN HUNTLY VIC 3163 – Construction of a three storey building comprising of up to forty (40) dwellings above basement car park and waiver of visitor car parking requirements (refusal) (GRZ1)

286 Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – The use of the land for the purpose of two (2) shops and development of the land for the purpose of a four (4) storey building including ten (10) dwellings, two (2) shops, waiver of car parking requirement for the shops and visitor car parking and for a loading bay – Amended (permit) (MUZ)

167 Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Construction of two (2) dwellings on land affected by the Special Building Overlay (permit) (GRZ1)

149-153 Neerim Road & 4 Hinton Road GLEN HUNTLY VIC 3163 – Construction of up to seventeen (17) double storey dwellings and alteration of access to a Road Zone Category 1 – Amended (permit) (GRZ1)

212 Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Construction of alterations and additions to the existing dwelling and construction of a double storey dwelling at the rear (NRZ1)

328-330 Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Construction of a four storey residential building comprising up to 16 dwellings with associated car parking, the waiver of three visitor parking spaces and alteration of an access way to a road in a Road Zone Category 1(RGZ1)

479 Neerim Road MURRUMBEENA VIC 3163 – Demolition of the existing dwelling and outbuildings – Construction of two (2) double storey attached dwellings (including removal of existing trees) on land affected by a Neighbourhood Character Overlay (permit) (GRZ2)

179 – 181 Neerim Road, CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Construction of a three storey building comprising up to 19 dwellings and basement car parking. Amended Application. (permit)

259-261 Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Construction of a four-storey building comprising twenty-eight (28) dwellings, associated car parking and alteration of access to a road in a Road Zone, Category 1 on land affected by the Special Building Overlay and Parking Overlay (permit) (RGZ1)

253 Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Construction of a three (3) storey building comprising eleven (11) dwellings with associated car parking at basement level and creation of access to a Road Zone Category 1 on land affected by the Special Building Overlay (refusal) (RGZ1)

46 Neerim Road CAULFIELD VIC 3162 – Construction of two (2) dwellings (double storey to the front and single storey to the rear) (permit) (NRZ1)

172B Neerim Road CARNEGIE VIC 3163 – Use of the land for accommodation (retirement village), construction of a three (3) storey building comprising thirty (30) independent living units with basement parking, reduction to the parking requirements (dwelling) and waiver of visitor parking under Clause 52.06 and alteration of access to a Road Zone Category 1 (refusal) (NRZ1)

Whilst some of these applications do not reveal the number of proposed dwellings, residents can be assured that in the space of 12 months, Neerim Road will have on its books permits for over 400 new dwellings – at least! Residents can also be assured of the following:

  • Residents will be subsidising developers for drainage
  • The vast majority of these apartments will be single and two bedroom units – so much for ‘diversity’ and family living!
  • Car parking, loading bays, will be waived so traffic will become even more of a nightmare
  • And what will councillors be doing about all this?
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