The image above depicts the position of a recent decision handed down at VCAT for 92 Kooyong Road, Caulfield North. The applicant got his permit for a 4 storey building with office and dwellings. We highlight this decision because it has major ramifications for all areas nominated as ‘local centres’ in council’s planning scheme – and there are stacks of these little stretches of shops, offices all zoned commercial and all surrounded by residential dwellings. Here is the list (and many have already been exploited) –

Patterson

Glen Eira Rd/Hotham St

Town Hall Precinct

Mackie Rd

Chesterville Rd/South Rd

Crimea (Kooyong Rd)

Gardenvale

Mackie Rd/Centre Rd

McKinnon Rd/East Boundary Rd

Bambra Rd/North Rd

Poath Rd/North Rd

Tucker Rd/Patterson Rd

Murrumbeena Rd/Oakleigh Rd

Hawthorn Rd/Inkerman Rd

Orange Rd/Warrigal Rd

Koorang Rd/Truganini Rd

McKinnon Rd/Tucker Rd

Brewer Rd/Todd St

Bignell Rd/Matthews Rd

Kooyong Rd/Glen Huntly Rd

Scanlon Ct/South Rd

Clarence St/East Boundary Rd

North Rd/East Boundary Rd

Thus far no mention whatsoever has been made of these ‘local centres’ in council’s current work program. If the flood gates have now well and truly opened then it is incumbent on council to ensure that any strategic planning addresses the issues. We also remind readers that many of the above listed streets are already seeing 4 and 5 storey developments abutting residential properties.

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