Planning changes proposed for Greystar’s build-to-rent project

Planning changes proposed for Greystar’s build-to-rent project
Brendan Rees

A planning application amendment has been submitted for an eight-storey build-to-rent development in Kensington following a change to the project’s architects.

Developer and build-to-rent giant, 
Greystar, was granted planning permission in October last year for a 447-apartment development at 352-400 Macaulay Rd, but a planning amendment was lodged in February.

Greystar remains the same applicant but there was a change in architects from Scott Carver Architects to Jackson Clements Burrows (JCB) Architects.

This required an amendment to reflect changes to the façade design introduced by JCB architects.

Other proposed changes include the number of apartments reducing from 447 to 441 and the retail floor area increasing from 657sqm to 1007sqm. Carparking spaces would also be increased from 168 to 170 under the new plan, with bicycle spaces increasing from 410 to 498 and motorcycles spaces increasing from zero to 10.

According to the proposal, the development comprises studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, communal amenities, a landscaped courtyard, ground floor retail spaces, and carparking.

“The large brick warehouses of Kensington’s past, such as ‘Young Husband’, are referenced through the expression of brickwork to the facades,” the plans stated.

“The long facades have been separated into seven façade types to provide a sense of smaller neighbourhood communities and assist with identity and wayfinding.”

Overall, it said the proposed development “will positively contribute to the vibrant Kensington village by providing a dynamic residential community and retail and hospitality spaces”.

Recent planning changes will include mid-rise residential mixed-use sites within the Kensington precinct to accommodate more than 10,000 residents and 9500 jobs by 2025.

The development is in middle of Local Residential’s project of 477 apartments at 346-350 Macaulay Rd, and Assemble Communities’ 362-apartment project at 402 Macaulay Rd.

The City of Melbourne also endorsed plans in February for a 394-dwelling development at the corner of Macaulay Rd and Boundary Rd in North Melbourne.

North and West Melbourne Association secretary and former Lord Mayor Kevin Chamberlin said the proposal was “yet another massive development” on Macaulay Rd.

“It’s unclear as to whether this really meets any government housing strategy, or is really just a standalone investment proposition,” he said.

“It’s unclear how much family accommodation will be provided within the complex or is it just another investment standard with studio and one-bedroom units?”

“The all-important question is where the infrastructure such as childcare schools and open space to support the residents?” Mr Chamberlin said, adding traffic impacts would “only get worse” if not addressed.

The Department of Transport and Planning will make a final decision on the amended application. •


Caption: A render of the proposed development at 352-400 Macaulay Rd.

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