Calvary Care’s plans for 19-storey vertical village in Melbourne heads to VCAT

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As we covered here, the Not For Profit had planned to build the $80M tower with 80 aged care beds and 85 ILUs in Caulfield South, but was knocked back by the local council who say they are exploiting a planning loophole to get around the area’ eight-metre height restrictions.

The case will now go before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in November, but Planning Minister Richard Wynne has opted to not weigh in on the matter, saying the Council’s planning scheme was sufficient to provide VCAT with a framework to rule on the case.

“It’s VCAT’s job to strike a balance between delivering quality healthcare facilities and protecting Caulfield’s neighbourhood character,” Minister Wynne’s senior media adviser Patrick Lane said.

Mr Lane said the minister was writing to VCAT, asking members to consider the effect of the proposed development on the surrounding low-rise residential area.

We’d say he’s playing it safe on both sides.