Update: Tuesday September 27, 2011

A draft Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the residential redevelopment of 590 Orrong Road, Armadale has been prepared and Council is inviting the community to provide feedback on this document. At the same time, Lend Lease has applied to Council for a Planning Permit for the site, but right now, we need to urgently address the draft UDF document.

Take a look at the web site which outlines the draft UDF document and the opportunities for feedback and attendance at information sessions.

We understand that hard copies of the draft UDF will also be sent out soon to more than 13,000 residents and ratepayers.

Once feedback has been received, Council will then finalise the UDF and consider incorporating it as part of a Planning Scheme amendment.


Interim planning control

Council will also request the Minister for Planning to provide interim planning controls for the site, which will effectively halt the Planning Permit application and allow for the UDF to be completed, with a maximum building height limited to the height of the existing buildings. Please encourage the Council to urgently pursue this matter.

Orrong Groups response to UDF

The Orrong Group is disappointed that the draft UDF has been issued in its present form. We had expected that a council developed UDF would have set a vision for the site. The workshops that many members of the community attended in August clearly stated their vision for this important site and it seems that these views have not been included in the consultant’s draft document.

The consultant’s UDF proposes a mass of buildings occupying all but 15% of the site. It proposes 6 towers: 3 at 8 storeys, 3 at 6 storeys, and the remainder at 5 storeys and lower. Two of the towers are located along the railway line and will impact on the residents of Beatty Avenue, Rose Street and Elm Grove. The proposed density is between 250-500 apartments.

We now need a strong community response to this document again expressing your views on height, density and open space, and other issues you consider important. If you have thoughts on alternative uses for the site, please make them clear. From your feedback, the Orrong Group is stating that the maximum height for this site should be no higher than the present buildings of 4 to 5 storeys. We believe the density should be below 250 units and open space within the site should be between 20% and 25% within the development’s boundaries. How does that sound to you?

It is vital that the UDF meets community concerns because it will impact significantly on any future planning applications and any appeals to VCAT.


Every one of us must provide feedback about the draft UDF:

Complete the feedback form online or alternatively visit any one of Council’s Service Centres or libraries to get a copy of the feedback form. The feedback form must be completed by Tuesday 18 October 2011.

Come along to a drop-in session to speak to a council officer.

Wednesday 5 October 2011 anytime between 4-7pm at Malvern Town Hall, Banquet Hall, Cnr of Glenferrie Road and High Street, Malvern
Monday 10 October 2011 anytime between 2-5pm at Malvern Town Hall, Upstairs Foyer, Cnr of Glenferrie Road and High Street, Malvern

Make general enquiries. Phone 8290 1333.


About Lend Lease’s Planning Permit Application

It is extremely disappointing that Lend Lease has decided to proceed with an application for a Planning Permit at this time, and has chosen not to wait for the completion of the UDF. Their action undermines and sidelines the community and the Council. Lend Lease lodged the application on 16 September and it proposes a series of towers, including 3 buildings of 12 storeys, and the same huge density of 475+ units, with no open space within the site, relying instead on the surrounding parklands. (The light towers at Toorak Park are equivalent to 12 storeys for example). Lend Lease’s previous application was not able to be appealed to VCAT, but this current application is. This is why the UDF needs to be in place.

The Lend Lease application will soon be advertised and we will only have 14 days in which to lodge objections. You will need to act quickly. Once The Orrong Group has access to the plans, we will provide further comment. An outline of their application is on our web site already.

The fight continues…don’t lose heart…The Orrong Group will continue to keep you informed.


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