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.

Friday, October 13, 2017

130 Bay St, Port Melbourne

13 October 2017

Demolition of the grey facaded weatherboard cottage at 130 Bay St was underway today. Although a permit was first issued for its demolition in 2010, it appears that it is still the subject of a live planning application 838/2010/C by the Port Phillip Council.

130 Bay St - October 2017
In 2010, a permit was granted for the demolition and re-development of this property for a four level building. 

In 2014, a new application was submitted for a five storey building with basement carparking and dwellings on levels 1-4 and use of the ground floor as a shop. 

It was appealed to VCAT which approved the development on 6 November 2015.

130 Bay St -  January 2011


Friday, October 6, 2017

237 Princes St, Port Melbourne

October 2017

The property will be sold by Cayzer on 21 October with endorsed plans for a three level dwelling.





2 February 2017

On this day, the City of Port Phillip granted a permit to demolish the house and replace it with a three storey dwelling. The application went back to 2015. (ref 1297/2015)

2 November 2015

Over a period of time 237 Princes St deteriorated to such an extent that it appeared it would just fall into a heap. I thought it was gone.
29 August 2011
And then it had a coat of paint and looks set for a new lease of life.

November 2015



Friday, September 22, 2017

253- 257 Normanby Rd, Montague

September 2017
The Oxford University Press site 

R Corporation's proposal for this site includes constructing two towers of 33 and 42 storeys including a five level podium containing ground floor level retail and townhouse dwellings, and apartments and a 147 room residential hotel above.

The Minister for Planning is the decision maker for this site, but the Council's advice is sought.

The Council resolved to advise the Minister that they did not support the application because, amongst other things

  • Tower 1 would overshadow Tower 2
  • The communal open space would be overshadowed
  • The buildings would overshadow nearby Fennell Reserve between 11.00am and 2pm on September 22 
  • Visual bulk
  • Poor thermal performance 
The proposal is headed to VCAT since a decision was not made within the required time frame. There will be a Directions Hearing on 05 or 22 October (tbc) and a hearing commencing 28 November 2017 for four days. 

To get a sense of the Council's concerns, view the renderings 
The full Council report 19 September 2017



Sunday, August 27, 2017

360 Howe Parade, Port Melbourne

August 2017
The house in Howe Parade was sold by R T Edgar on 19 August for $1,230,000. It was described by the agent (erroneously) as a 'classical State Bank home'.

August 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

22 Spring St, Port Melbourne

September 2017

The VCAT hearing scheduled for October has been postponed to February 2018.

July 2017
Planning application 890/2015 (lodged in August 2015) for 22 Spring St East for the demolition of the existing dwelling and construction of a two storey dwelling with basement level and rooftop terrace has been refused by the City of Port Phillip.

The grounds for refusal included 'the failure to provide a contextual response to the surrounding built form'.

The application has been appealed to VCAT and will be heard on 13 October.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

198 Station St, Port Melbourne

1 July 2017

Planning application 202/2011 was lodged on 11 March 2011 for demolition of the existing dwelling and construction of a double-storey dwelling with basement. Now minor variations are proposed.

The vegetation index: several large bushy shrubs in the front yard.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

538 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne

June 2017
Marketing has begun for the Standard "Townhomes and Boutique apartments". Front row seats for the Football at North Port Oval - not mentioned in the locational advantages in the promotional material.
June 2017
The Standard will be made up of 17 three bedroom townhouses, and 15 one and two bedroom apartments. 
Developer: The Cubo Group

July 2015
The site of ATA Distributors (Abrahsives, Tapes, Adhesives Packaging Systems) was sold by Mulcahy & Co in July 2015.




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

279 Graham St, Port Melbourne

October 2017
Tbe site has been cleared and advertising has appeared for 'Prince & Graham'.




Storage tanks removed September 2017
11 June 2017
The cars have gone. 

Michael Goldberg owned and operated this garage from the 1980s when he took up the business to be closer to his father, Dr Goldberg, who practised from his surgery on the corner of Bridge and Princes St.

6 June 2017
Following its sale by Dixon Kestles in April, Sandridge Motors is moving out following the retirement of the owners.

The site is zones General Residential within Design and Development Overlay 1.4 which permits up to 6 storeys.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

218 Esplanade West, Port Melbourne

30 May 2017
When these inter-war houses built on the former Sandridge Lagoon change hands, they generally make way for new development.
This house, with two street frontages and adjacent to Edwards Park, is unlikely to survive.

218 Esplanade West, 2017
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Dow St, Port Melbourne

30 May 2017
This house in lamentably poor condition is one to keep an eye on. These very simple houses are very early Port.



Sunday, April 16, 2017

161 Buckhurst St, Montague

2 August 2017

The City of Port Phillip has granted an extension to a permit originally granted in 2014.

The application was first lodged in 2011 and originally proposed a four storey building.

The Council argued the proposal would be an underdevelopment relative to planning guidelines at that time that recommended a five storey street wall and a maximum height of eight levels.
The application was amended to increase the height to six levels, and a permit was duly issued (by the Minister) in January 2014.

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

17 July 2017
Planning application 480/2017 is being advertised for the demolition of the dwelling since it appears not to be covered by a heritage overlay.

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