Evolving Port

Port Melbourne continues to change. Houses are changed or demolished and new houses take their place. New forms of housing are created. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

161 Buckhurst St, Montague

16 April 2017
Looks like 161 Buckhurst is not going to be around for much longer.
Read its planning history below.

161 Buckhurst St is one of the few, possibly the only? remaining double fronted house in Montague. It had a significant heritage grading.

An application to demolish the house and construct a six level building was was lodged with the (then) Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) on 14th March, 2013 not long after the re-zoning of the area in 2012.

The Port Phillip Council did not support the demolition of the building because it had a significant heritage grading and was not structurally unsound but the decision was not theirs to make. The application was approved by then Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy.

Architects: Paul Delany

Monday, January 2, 2017

243 Graham St, Port Melbourne

2 January 2017
This modest house was sold for $1,101,000 at auction by Cayzer on 10 December 2016.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

453-457 Graham St, Port Melbourne

10 December 2016

'12 architect designed town homes' are for sale 'nestled in historic Port Melbourne and on the doorstep of the exciting new Fishermas Bend precincts.'
Graham is 'steeped in history, focussed on the future'.

Architects: Caisson

21 April 2015
The application for 453-457 Graham St was considered by the City of Port Phillip at the Statutory Planning Meeting on 21 April 2015. (P04502014)
Zoning: Commercial 1
Overlays: None
The report said
The site is not located within a Heritage Overlay. Therefore the Heritage Policy does not apply to this site. Neither of the adjoining sites on Graham Street nor any site on the western side of Graham Street between Williamstown Road and Walter Street are within a Heritage Overlay. The adjoining properties to the west at 432 Williamstown Road and 59 Crichton Avenue are however located within Heritage Overlay No.2 and are located within Garden City Estate. Given the separation of these sites by the rear laneway and the mid-block location of the development, the building would not impact on the heritage value of these sites. These buildings would continue to be prominent in their respective streetscapes and would not be overwhelmed by the proposed development. Moreover it is considered that the three storey height would be an acceptable graduation in height from these two storey scale buildings.Click here to read the full report.
While the Council officer supported the application, it was refused by the Council at the planning meeting. At the subsequent appeal to VCAT, a permit was granted on 1 12 2015.

Friday, November 25, 2016

143 Station & 367 Princes St, Port Melbourne

25 November 2016
A fire broke out in the house under construction in Princes St around 2.30am. It is being treated as suspicious.Little now remains of the newly built house in Princes St, where the fire started, but the charred, blackened framework. The fire damaged the houses on either side as well. The house, which has been built over the past 18 months, is part of the development that runs through to Station Street.

September 2016
Taking shape 
June 2015
143 Station St 15 06 2015
Princes St frontage 15 06 2015
29 August 2014
The VCAT decision
VCAT approved the development with some significant changes. The following points from the decision explain their thinking in relation to heritage:
  1. 'The purpose of the Heritage Overlay is to ensure the development does not adversely affect the significance of a heritage place. The character of Station Street near the subject site could mostly be defined by the infill housing stock built in recent years. Most of the precinct significance is derived from the railway reserve itself. The intact collection of small scale workers cottages in Princes Street on either side of the subject site are consistent with a defined fine grain and single-storey housing pattern from the late 19th and early 20th to centuries.
  1. Given the diversity of the housing stock in both streets, I consider that a different design approach is required for each dwelling. Both heritage advisors considered the existing dwelling to be of no contributory value and had no issues with its demolition, however they did diverge as to the style of the two replacement dwellings. Although there was some agreement that a contemporary design approach could be appropriate to both street frontages, that would be not possible particularly for Station Street if there was a more intact area with listed buildings.
  1. With 135 Station Street to the east having a maximum height of 6.2 metres and 141 Station Street to the west having a height of 5.8 metres to the ridge. Therefore, the considerable amount of the third floor will be visible from oblique angles looking along Station Street. Setting back the top level from both side boundaries would considerably reduce the visible bulk of this building from front on and oblique views and this is the mechanism that has been successfully adopted with a number of three-storey dwellings that have been viewed as part of the site inspection in the surrounding streets. 
  1. Now that the design of Unit 2 (Princes St frontage) has been reduced to two-storeys, the issue of height and its relationship to the adjoining buildings is not as critical. Princes Street is considered to have a highly consistent streetscape in terms of building scale, era and detail. There is only one exception in this part of the street, being No. 369 that contains a single-storey brick cottage with a single carport in a side setback.'
06 03 2014
Read more of the decision here
6 March 2014
Agent Frank Gordon’s pitch for the property was that ‘Once in a while, a superb allotment becomes available in one of Port Melbourne’s best positions, fronting Station Street’s picturesque parkland, city light rail, bike path, and just a stroll to Bay Street’s cafes and the sandy beachfront’. 
The property has frontages to Station and Prince Streets.The property was sold for $1,140,000 on Saturday 22 September 2012. A planning application to demolish the existing dwelling and construct two, three-storey dwellings was refused on 29 11 2013 and is now at appeal to VCAT. 

    Friday, September 30, 2016

    11 Evans St, Port Melbourne

    28 April 2016

    Garden inventory

    A lemon tree 

    146 Dow St, Port Melbourne

    October 2016

    The house sold for $2,385,000 on 15 October

    Monday, September 26, 2016

    Princes St, Port Melbourne

    25 September 2016
    Looking sad. Weeds in the clever garden beds on top of the wall admired a year or so ago.
    Terminal decline while planning matters are being resolved.