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VIC sees rise in planning permit activity

Date: 21/02/2012

Victoria experienced a rise in planning permit activity in 2010-11, showing continued confidence in the region’s economy.

Permit decisions granted during the year totalled $23.2 billion, which marks a rise of 29.4 per cent on the previous 12-month period.

Planning minister Matthew Guy suggested that with strong data such as this being released in Victoria, it is possible that more people will be keen to invest in property in the state.

“The report shows a general increase in most planning activity categories with the number of permit applications increasing by 2.5 per cent together with a substantial increase in potential investment,” he commented.

Mr Guy stressed that with such a challenging global environment, it is essential that an efficient and responsive planning and development sector is in place.

Figures show a total of 57,280 applications were lodged during the year, while applications where a public notice is required increased by 9.8 per cent.

In addition, 32 per cent of the requests for planning permission were forwarded to a referral authority and 40 per cent were asked to provide further information.

The Planning Permit Activity Report 2010-11 has been published since 2003 and is joint effort between the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Department of Planning and Community Development.

Victoria currently has a number of projects in the pipeline, including plans to expand high-density living in Melbourne’s CBD.

The development will be focused on Fishermans Bend and E-Gate to the west, St Kilda Road in the south and Melbourne University in the north of the city.

Residents of Melbourne are being asked for their views on where the housing should be located, especially as many of them are concerned about high-rise buildings being erected in quiet suburban areas.

However, planners in the city hope to alleviate some of the pressure on Melbourne’s existing suburbs.

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  1. CSQTownPlanner

    The Council have grant a Conditional Planning Permit, incorporating objections that it considers meritorious. Although this may satisfy objectors, the Permit Applicants proposal may be materially different from what Council has deigned to authorize. The Permit Applicant, if unsatisfied with the conditions imposed on the proposal, has 21 days within which to apply at VCAT for a review of Council decision.
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  2. Freckle

    [quote=Residex CEO, John Edwards]“I’m worried about Victoria. When I look at the Victorian economy, I can’t see anything that’s actually going to do it any good. It’s on the wrong side of the ledger… You’ve now got an overhang of stock of around 70% in Melbourne… something close to 20,000 dwellings, which is enormous. It’s the largest stock overhang of any capital city in Australia”…


    The Freckle

  3. DWolfe

    Yep, there will be a glut of apartments in the city. The rest of Vic will have a shortage of new/renovated properties. NIMBYism rules the day in the suburbs, very few councils are pro development and VCAT is a delay of 9-12mths to have a hearing. Should be interesting. If it takes 18mths for the average 3 unit development and 3 years for medium density (10-15 apartments) the supply in the suburbs will start to dwindle. Especially since land prices topped out this year and made small developments unfeasible in quite a few suburbs.


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