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Queens Parade – 4 Townhouses

This four townhouse project on a 266 square metre lot is located off a series of laneways behind Queens Parade in Fitzroy North.

Three intersecting lane ways provide access to the north-south oriented site. The design takes advantage of this access by providing on grade car parking and between 110-120 square metres of Gross Floor Area over 3-storeys with a roof top terrace.

The roof decks will take advantage of the sweeping views of the city to the south.  

Located in a Heritage Zone between a commercial strip of shops and a Neighbourhood Residential Zoned residential area, a robust industrial palette of materials was chosen to respond to the character of the area.  The use of these materials in different planes is designed to break up the building mass given the surrounding prevailing two to three storey context.

The initial permit application was to construct 4 storey dwellings on a lot. Although Council’s officer recommended the approval of a permit, Council itself resolved to refuse the proposal restricted the height to 3 storeys. The Neighbours choose to take the matter as a third party to VCAT on grounds relating to neighbourhood character, density and site context.

The developer, architects, and traffic engineers provided detailed design advice, which resulted in an amended set of plans that strengthened the proposal. The amended plans, coupled with our expert evidence statement for the Tribunal, resulted in a permit being granted.