Melbourne inner-city developer Tim Gurner has had his latest proposal in North Fitzroy approved by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, subject to certain conditions.
Original plans for the Queens Parade site saw twin 16-storey apartment buildings, which were heavily opposed by a group of local residents and the Yarra City Council.
The developer had been set to lodge a proposal for a shorter 12-storey tower when Victorian Planning Minister and local member for Richmond, Richard Wynne imposed interim height controls of 10-storeys.
The now scaled-back proposal has been downsized from 470 dwellings to 263, spread across 16 townhouses and apartment buildings.
The planning tribunal ruled that townhouses would need to be redesigned with larger living areas after labelling the spaces as “insufficient”.
The developer has been told to increase the size of living rooms within apartments and ensure a minimum bedroom area of 9 square metres.
“For the Minister to claim that a project is of state significance to warrant intervention and waste so much time and money for an outcome that represents just a 9 per cent reduction in massing is ludicrous,” Gurner founder Tim Gurner said.
"We are now just happy to be able to get on with the task of creating an amazing precinct that Melbourne can be proud of as we work towards delivering buildings that foster community integration and enhance the area’s character and charm.”
Gurner also received approval for his controversial $350 million mixed-use Wellington Street development earlier this year, after a lengthy mediation and redesign process.
The developer is also seeking legal advice about possible actions against the planning minister, Richard Wynne.
Construction on Gurner's North Fitzroy is expected to commence in 2019.