Green light for seven-storey retirement home in VIC

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A decision by Monash Council to reject building consent for a seven-storey retirement village in the Melbourne suburb of Mount Waverley has been overturned by VCAT, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The council rejected the Pace Development Group’s proposal as buildings in this part of Monash are normally restricted to just three storeys.

The $25M proposal includes 79 apartments and 89 car park spaces, along with a cafe, a gym, a pool, a yoga room and a library.

Local Mayor Shane McCluskey says the developer has avoided the three storey height limit by exploiting a loophole in the planning regulations and describing the development as a ‘retirement village’.

He says it’s a poor outcome for the neighbourhood.

Pace is a private developer of residential apartments. This is its first retirement village.

Pace is well known in Melbourne for creating the ‘Icon’, pictured above, located at the entrance to St. Kilda.