Planning Approval

You can benefit from less stress, more free time and a more seamless council planning approval by having your planning application completed by an expert in town planning approval. A number of our team have a professional background in town planning, including within local council planning departments. Our knowledge and established professional relationships within these departments result in quicker approvals benefiting you, our client.

The town planning process can be complex and treacherous, but our experts have the benefit of many years’ of experience meaning they have seen it all. Thus, they are in a position where they can provide high level advice to our clients when unforeseen problems arise. Our experts can offer value to our clients in many areas, including:

  • How to deal with objections from neighbours;
  • Getting quicker approval and more prompt feedback from Council;
  • An intimate knowledge of the internal process and working of local council planning departments;

The cumulative value of this expertise means we are able to identify potential application issues that could result in a delay or a refusal of your planning application at the outset and rectify them before an application is lodged. This provides our clients peace of mind in the outcome and as seamless a planning approval as possible. The town planning process is a nine step process and these steps can be read by clicking the link below.

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Bourke Street Mall

In May 2015 CS were appointed by Geyer interior designers to obtain a planning permit from Melbourne City Council for the remodelling of Telstra’s flagship store on the Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne. The upgrading of the store was substantial including many facets that the team had to turn their attention to. The most prominent aspect of the new development was the large LED screen that spanned the entire height of the building. At over 30 metres in height the screen dominates views from the pedestrian mall and is visible from a number of vantage points. Melbourne City Council were supportive of the large LED sign but did have a concern with the original proposal including touch screen televisions at the ground level. This created a concern due to the potential for people to congregate around the TV’s and create a pedestrian bottle neck at the busy Swanston Street and Bourke Street intersection. Although the council were not supportive of this aspect of the application they supported the overall scheme and approved the planning permit on the 17th September 2015.   

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Lewis Road

Indoor trampoline parks have become increasingly popular with children and adults alike in the last decade. This facility in the city of Knox opened in 2014 and has been a runaway success. The building is approximately 3000 square metres in size and within an industrial estate. In December 2013 CS completed the town planning application to the City of Knox for the use of the building as a trampoline park, dispensation of the car parking requirements and installation of the business signage. Knox Council were very supportive of the proposal as they saw the benefit of it to the community. Council paid particular attention to the car parking available for visitors to the site as part of their assessment of the application. The CS team worked diligently with a consultant traffic engineer and councils own traffic engineers to demonstrate how the car parking demand would effectively be managed during peak times. There were a number of surrounding business’ that had concerns with the proposal and objected. Despite this, due to the completeness of the application and the presentation of the proposal to Council the application was approved in April 2014. However, one the objectors decided to lodge an appeal against councils approval of the application to VCAT. Our client could not afford the lengthy weight for a VCAT appeal so in May 2014 CS applied to VCAT to have the appeal struck out as lacking in substance. There was a hearing set down in early May by VCAT to decide if the objector had adequately demonstrated there was grounds for an appeal. The objector consequently withdrew their appeal and this allowed our client to open the facility with the full support of the local council.

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Weir Street

This was the first ‘Bounce’ to open in Australia and CS were appointed to ensure a successful application to the City of Stonnington for the facility. Bounce is an indoor adventure facility of approximately 5000 square metres across two floors aimed at kids and young adults. The centre consists of trampolines in an array of configurations for playful use or exercise. The building sits within an industrial section of Stonnington and the planning application was lodged to council for approval in February 2012. The application attracted 17 objections from nearby residences. One of the most contentions aspects of the application was the fact that it included a liquor licence application and was proposed to open until mid night on Friday and Saturday nights. The surrounding residences were concerned this would result in anti social behaviour by minors in the surrounding streets after the facility closed. To address these concerns we decided to remove the liquor licence application. On removal of this the application was supported by Stonnington Council in 2012 and this was not appealed to VCAT by the residences. Once the facility was operational for three mounts the client then lodged an application to Council for their liquor licence. As the facility had been operating without issue in this period this application attracted no objections from the public and was swiftly approved by Council after lodgement.

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Cecil Street

‘Schnitz’ restaurants will be well known to all Victorians as one of the fastest growing franchises in Australia. The CS team is Schnitzs preferred consultant to run town planning applications for their stores through council. This corner site in South Melbourne is opposite south Melbourne markets and is also heritage listed. Heritage listed buildings in the City of Port Phillip are treated very conservatively by Councils planning department so any large signage or external fixtures such as awnings or even painted logos on the building will not be allowed by Council. The rationale behind this is that they do not want anything that could detract from the heritage significance of the building as experienced by the average passer-by on the street. The CS planning team had to work diligently with the Schnitz branding team to broker an outcome that meant the restaurant was easily recognisable to its customers from the outside and did not erode the heritage significance of the building. The application was lodged to Council in November 2014 and approved in March 2015. 

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Baldwin Ave

This application was for a ‘materials recycling’ facility that spanned across more than 13,000 square metres and 12 sites in an industrial estate in Sunshine North. This was a particularly contentious planning application for the team as the application was lodged retrospectively after enforcement proceedings were taken against the landowner by Brimbank City Council. The business was very successful and this lead to heavy volumes of deliveries to the site by trucks which created a number of car parking issues in the surrounding streets and complaints to Council by the surrounding businesses. The scrap heap of metal within one of the yards was so large it was visible by motorists travelling over the West Gate Bridge. The Cs team appointed leading environmental consultants Senversa to work with us on establishing an environmental audit and clean-up plan for the site. The Cs team then worked with the business owner and reputable traffic engineers One Mile Grid to establish a functional layout for the deliveries and truck movements to and from the site. The CS design team sourced suitable large scale warehouses to enclose the sorting of materials on the site and clarified business operating times and delivery times that were suitable. As the result of the tireless work of the CS team an approved planning permit was issued for the business by Brimbank Council in September 2017.

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Station Street

This four storey mixed use development consists of a ground floor retail tenancy and seven apartments. The development includes the installation of a car stacker system into the basement of the development which accommodates car parking for nine cars which are stacked on top of one another in three rows. The site is directly opposite Sandringham train station and did not attract any objections from the public. The design incorporates a large light well through the central column that spills a lot of natural light to each unit within the development. The development exceeded the Councils preferred maximum building height for this section of Station Street however the CS team were able to develop an exceptional urban design response with the architect that Council approved of strongly and this resulted varying the specified maximum building height for the area to approve the development.  

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