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Former Moonee Ponds Market site

Update 2 March 2017 – advisory committee for Stage 2

Further to calling in the Stage 2 planning permit application in December 2016, the Minister for Planning has appointed an advisory committee to:

  • Provide advice to the Minister for Planning on whether a planning permit should be issued for the proposed development for Stage 2 of 40 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds (former Moonee Ponds Market site) and if so, the appropriate conditions for the permit.
  • Examine whether the proposed building heights of the proposal have had proper regard to the preferred building height provisions within precinct 20 under schedule 1 of the Activity Centre Zone to the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.

The advisory committee hearing takes place on Thursday, 2 and Friday, 3 March with a reserve day scheduled for Thursday, 9 March.

At a special meeting on Monday, 27 February, Council resolved to advise the Former Moonee Ponds Market Site Advisory Committee and permit applicant that the application should be refused.

We will present our case for refusal at the advisory committee hearing and keep the community informed about the outcome.

Update 3 February

Council officers have approved a Construction Management Plan (CMP) received from LU Simon for Stage 1C. This CMP covers construction works.

LU Simon is the builder working with Caydon Property Group to construct stage one of the development at 40 Hall Street and 34-36 Margaret Street, Moonee Ponds.

A summary of the CMP includes details of the works being undertaken in this stage, operating hours, truck movements and numbers of workers on site.

Update 22 December

The State Government has announced that the Moonee Ponds Activity Centre (MPAC) will be the site of a new pilot program aimed at improving the management of heights in activity centres and delivering public benefits to the community.

The pilot program will consider how planning controls can be improved to give greater certainty to the community and reflect the strategic planning Council has undertaken for the MPAC. The pilot will also provide an opportunity to design and test a new idea for council to leverage public benefits from development as a trade-off for any proposal where the building height exceeds the height limit.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has called in the Stage Two permit application for redevelopment of the former Moonee Ponds Market site, which sits within the activity centre, so that it is considered in the context of the pilot.

This means the VCAT hearing, scheduled to start on Monday, 16 January, will not go ahead.

View our statement about the pilot program (dated 16 December 2016).

Update 14 December 2016 – VCAT Appeal Stage 2

The VCAT hearing for Stage 2 is scheduled to be heard on Monday, 16 January 2016 and will run for 4 days.

In the lead up to these proceedings, the permit applicant has elected to modify the plans in a bid to address Council’s refusal grounds.

Some of the key changes include a reduction in building height (Everage Street tower) from 34 to 30 storeys, increased tower separation at lower levels, internal layout modifications as well as an increase in the number of 3 bedroom apartments.

The amended plans can be viewed via the link below;

Council is in the process of reviewing the amendments and will shortly formalise its position in preparation for the upcoming hearing.  

Update 9 September – VCAT appeal (Stage Two)

We have been informed that an appeal has been lodged with VCAT against Council’s refusal to grant a permit for the Stage Two planning permit application.

The Practice Day Hearing is scheduled for Friday, 23 September.

The Compulsory Conference is scheduled for Thursday, 3 November.

The Hearing is scheduled to start on Monday, 16 January 2017 and run for 6 days. For more information contact VCAT.

Council’s role

Council is not the decision maker in this instance. VCAT is the decision making body for this appeal and we are a participant in the process. We will however keep the community updated as we find out more

Update - 27 July 2016

At our Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 26 July Council voted to refuse the Stage Two planning permit application to develop part of the former Moonee Ponds Market site.

View the Council report (page 10) (pdf, 19.5MB). The minutes and audio podcast from the meeting will be available shortly.

Update - 18 July 2016

Council officers have approved a Construction Management Plan (CMP) received from LU Simon for Stage 1B. This CMP covers early works and excavation due to start shortly.

LU Simon is the builder working with Caydon Property Group to construct stage one of the development at 40 Hall Street and 34-36 Margaret Street, Moonee Ponds.

summary of the CMP (pdf, 590KB) includes details of the works being undertaken in this stage, operating hours, truck movements and numbers of workers on site. 

We expect a further CMP to be submitted for Stage 1C of construction in due course.

Update - 17 June 2016

Council officers have now approved the Construction Management Plan (CMP) received from LU Simon. This CMP, Stage 1A, covers demolition works taking place in the next few weeks.

summary of the CMP (pdf, 215KB) includes details of the works being undertaken in this stage, operating hours, truck movements and numbers of workers on site. 

We expect a further CMP to be submitted for Stage 1B, early works and excavation, which will take place after 30 June once the car park has closed. A third CMP, Stage 1C, will be submitted for construction in due course.

Update - 10 June 2016

Construction Management Plan and closure of car park

We have received a Construction Management Plan (CMP) from LU Simon, the builder working with Caydon Property Group to construct stage one of the Mason Square development at 40 Hall Street and 34-36 Margaret Street, Moonee Ponds.

We are currently assessing the CMP and it will need to be approved by Council officers before full construction works can commence.

We are aware that the site will cease to be available as a car park from 30 June so that demolition and early works, which do not fall under a CMP, can start.

We understand there may be concerns and are working with Caydon to ensure car park users are well-informed about other parking and public transport options within the area prior to the car park closing. Options include:

Car parking within shopping precinct
Gladstone Street multi storey (paid) 

Combination of all day and up to two hours

Holmes Road (free)  All day
Margaret Street (free) All day
Shuter Street (free)  Up to two hours
Hall Street - western end (free) Up to two hours
Woolworths car park - Gladstone Street (free)  Up to two hours
Mt Alexander Road median parking (free) Up to four hours
Short term on-street parking is available throughout shopping precinct   Up to two hours
Public transport within shopping precinct
59 and 82 tram routes   
Moonee Ponds train station  
Various bus services  

This is a long-term construction project in the heart of the Moonee Ponds Activity Centre and we are committed to working closely with the developer to manage the impacts of construction on the surrounding community.

The CMP will specify how construction activity will be organised, including construction times, noise and dust mitigation and traffic management. Once the CMP is approved and construction starts, our Planning Intervention and Enforcement Officer will closely monitor the site to ensure that works are carried out in accordance with the CMP.

We will make details of the CMP available on this page once it has been approved.

We will also work with the developer to ensure the community is regularly kept up to date regarding construction work. Visit the Caydon website for information and FAQs.

We are still assessing the Stage Two planning permit application, which covers the balance of the site, following the statutory 14-day public notification period in February 2016. A decision will be made at a future Ordinary Council Meeting.

Update - April 2016

VCAT mediated outcome for Moonee Ponds Market site

Council has accepted VCAT’s mediated outcome in relation to the former Moonee Ponds Market site at 40 Hall Street Moonee Ponds.

Council at its 15 December council meeting rejected a planning application for Stage one of the 1.4 hectare site due to a number of concerns, including the size of the development and a lack of car parking spaces.

A subsequent VCAT appeal has resulted in a mediated outcome that will see a number of improvements made to the development.

Key among these improvements are a reduction in height of the tallest tower, which will decrease from 26 storeys to 23, the construction of more three-bedroom apartments as a result of the amalgamation of smaller apartments, a further 124 car parking spaces and additional retail space. The project developer, Caydon Property Group, will also contribute $802,500 towards car parking and related improvements.

Council has also described the allocation of 28 per cent of the 1.4 hectare site for public use as a positive outcome for the community. This includes the construction of a public plaza, widened walkways, new pedestrian linkages through the site and significant street and landscape improvements.

Council will shortly consider the stage two application for the site and will apply the same rigorous assessment.

Update - March 2016

At its Special Meeting on Tuesday, 8 March, Council resolved to oppose the amended Stage One plans.

Update 26 February 2016 – VCAT Appeal (Stage One application)

Following the VCAT Practice Day hearing on the 19 February 2016, the Tribunal has ordered the permit applicant to circulate amended plans in the lead up to the hearing scheduled for 18 April 2016. View the amended plans.

Those who wish to make a submission on the amended plans must do so directly to VCAT by 18 March 2016. For more information contact VCAT quoting reference number P2688/2015.

Council will consider these amended plans at a Special Meeting on Tuesday, 8 March.

Update - 5 February 2016

The second planning permit application to develop part of the former Moonee Ponds Market site has today been released for the statutory 14-day public notification period.

Two planning permit applications to develop the former Moonee Ponds Market site were lodged separately with Council by the site owners, Caydon. 

The Stage One planning permit application, which comprises roughly 70 per cent of the 1.34 hectare site, was refused by Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting in December 2015. An appeal has been lodged with VCAT against Council’s refusal to grant a permit for the Stage One application.

The Stage Two planning permit application, which covers the balance of the site, was lodged in full in October 2015 and includes:

  • 691 residential apartments
  • 102 serviced apartments
  • 648sqm retail space
  • 191sqm café space 
  • 2,550sqm office space
  • 631 car spaces
  • buildings ranging from 7 to 34 storeys

Planning application

Reports

Plans

If you are having trouble accessing or viewing the plans, you can view them in hard copy at the Civic Centre.

How to make a submission

For information on how to submit formal comments to us regarding any of the planning applications being advertised, see responding to a planning permit application or planning forms.

Update 6 January – VCAT appeal (Stage One)

We have been informed that an appeal has just been lodged with VCAT against Council’s refusal to grant a permit for the Stage One planning permit application.

The Practice Day Hearing is scheduled for Friday, 19 February.

The Compulsory Conference is scheduled for Thursday, 10 March.

The hearing is scheduled to start on Monday, 18 April and run for 9 days. The hearing is on VCAT's Major Cases List, a list established by VCAT to "expedite the resolution of applications involving larger development projects that may (if approved) contribute materially to economic activity in Victoria."

For more information contact VCAT.

Council’s role

Council is not the decision maker in this instance. VCAT is the decision making body for this appeal and we are a participant in the process. We will however keep the community updated as we find out more

Update 16 December 2015

At our Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 15 December Council voted to refuse the Stage One planning permit application to develop part of the former Moonee Ponds Market site. View the Council report. The minutes and audio podcast from the meeting will be available shortly.

Update 1 December 2015

It is important to note that Council has not yet made a decision on either the Stage One or Stage Two planning permit applications to develop the former Moonee Ponds Market site.

The site owner has started to market the development to prospective buyers. While we cannot stop developers from marketing their proposed development before they receive planning approval, prospective buyers should always be aware that the application may be subject to refusal or to considerable change during the planning application process.

We are still assessing the Stage One planning permit application following the statutory 14-day public notification period in September 2015. Council will make a decision at an upcoming Ordinary Council Meeting.

However we will still accept submissions on the Stage One application up until the day we make a decision.

The Stage Two planning permit application, which covers the balance of the site, was lodged in full in October 2015 and is still in the early stages. Council officers are seeking further information required from the applicant before it is released for the statutory 14-day public notification period.

Timings are currently unknown but we encourage the community to sign up for our planning and development e-newsletter to receive updates on this site, including notification once the Stage Two application is advertised.

Update 21 October 2015

We have now received a full and amended Stage Two application from the site owners to develop the balance of the former Moonee Ponds Market site, which includes all reports and plans.

Council officers are undertaking an initial review of the application and will seek any further information required from the applicant before it is released for the statutory 14-day public notification period. Timings are currently unknown.

We are still assessing the Stage One planning permit application following the statutory 14-day public notification period. We will make a decision on the application at an upcoming Ordinary Council Meeting.

Update 5 October 2015

Council officers are currently assessing the Stage One planning permit application to develop part of the former Moonee Ponds Market site following the statutory 14-day public notification period. View the plans below.

We will make a decision on the application at an upcoming Ordinary Council Meeting.

The Stage Two planning permit application, which covers the balance of the site, was lodged in July and remains in the early stages.

Update 9 September 2015

The first planning permit application to develop part of the former Moonee Ponds Market site has today been released for the statutory 14-day public notification period.

Two planning permit applications to develop the former Moonee Ponds Market site have been lodged separately with Council by the site owners, Caydon.

The Stage One application, which comprises roughly 70 per cent of the 1.34 hectare site, was lodged in June and includes:

  • 624 apartments
  • 8 retail tenancies
  • 553 car spaces
  • new public realm spaces, including an area accessible to the wider community
  • buildings ranging from 6 to 23 storeys

The Stage Two planning permit application, which covers the balance of the site, was lodged in July and is still in the early stages.

Planning application

Stage One Site Plan

Please note that the Stage One Site Plan represents the entire site boundaries for Stage One, including north-south links, and should be a reference point for all other plans that can be viewed below.

Application form

Reports

Plans

If you are having trouble accessing or viewing the plans, you can view them in hard copy at the Civic Centre.

How to make a submission

For information on how to submit formal comments to us regarding any of the planning applications being advertised, see responding to a planning permit application or planning forms.

Update August 2015

We can confirm that a second planning application to develop part of the site has been lodged with Council.

The two current planning applications now cover the full former Moonee Ponds Market site. Although there are two separate planning applications, Council acknowledges their interrelationship and, by assessing them in a holistic manner, our aim remains to achieve an integrated and coordinated outcome for the site, and surrounding area.

This new application will also be assessed against the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme and relevant Council policies. The assessment will also be informed by the Council endorsed Development Plan, to ensure it is generally in accordance with its intent.

Both applications are in the very early stages. Further updates will be provided in due course.

Update 23 June 2015

The former Moonee Ponds Market site was sold by Leighton Properties to Caydon in April 2015.

Leighton Properties lodged a planning permit application to develop part of the site prior to selling the site. As planning permit applications pertain to the land, not to a specific developer, Council is obliged to consider applications (unless they are withdrawn). The application, detailed below, was subsequently approved by Council at its meeting on 28 April 2015.

We can confirm that Caydon has lodged a planning application to develop part of the site. This new application will be assessed against the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme and the assessment will also be informed by the Council endorsed Development Plan to ensure it is generally in accordance with it.

The application is in the very early stages. Further updates on the application will be provided in due course.

April 2015 update

Council approved the application to develop part of the former Moonee Ponds Market site at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 28 April. This report and minutes are available for viewing.

The approved application is for the construction of a 16-storey building on an area of approximately 2,388 square metres within the south eastern corner of the former Moonee Ponds Market site, fronting both Hall and Aspen Streets. The application comprises:

  • two ground floor commercial spaces
  • 162 apartments
  • space for 137 car spaces and 58 bicycle spaces

For further information please call Statutory Planning on 9243 8888.

January 2015 update

In September Council asked the Minister for Planning to approve and include in the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme a Development Plan Overlay for the site. This process is called Amendment C147. We are currently still awaiting approval.

In the meantime we have received a planning application from the site owner to develop part of the former Moonee Ponds Market site.

The application is in the early stages and we are currently seeking further information regarding the proposal. Details about the proposal will be made available on this page in the coming month.

The application will be assessed against with the Development Plan to ensure it is generally in accordance with it.

October 2014

Council has written to the Minister for Planning asking him to approve the Development Plan Overlay (docx, 2.01MB) for this site.

As part of this process a Development Plan (pdf, 9.36MB) (or master plan) has also been finalised which aligns with the objectives and requirements of the overlay and provides more detail about the development that is appropriate for this site. 

Council endorsed the Development Plan at the 28 October Council Meeting. For more information please see the Officer’s report (pdf, 188KB).

Future planning applications will be assessed against the Development Plan to ensure that they are generally in accordance with it.

September 2014

On Tuesday, 23 September Council endorsed pursuing a Development Plan Overlay (DPO) for the former Moonee Ponds Market site in Moonee Ponds.

Council will now send the DPO to the Minister for Planning for it to be approved and referenced in the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme. This process is called Amendment C147.

The development plan overlay is about taking an integrated approach and making sure the 1.34 hectare site is looked at holistically so it can be well planned and managed into the future.

This is achieved by the developer having to create and submit to Council a development plan for the whole site that is in line with the DPO.

The former Moonee Ponds Market site is currently zoned Commercial 1. Under this zoning there is no requirement for the site to have an overarching development plan. 

The DPO (docx, 2.01MB), which is based on the directions of the adopted Moonee Ponds Activity Centre Structure Plan, sets out what should be included and shown in the development plan for the site including things like:

  • location of buildings
  • indicative building heights and building envelopes
  • pedestrian links
  • provision and location of public open space
  • proposed staging of development

Future planning permits then are assessed against the development plan to ensure that they are generally in accordance with it.

As the responsible authority for the site, Council will be assessing and making a decision on the development plan..

A decision on the development plan is expected to take place at the October 28 Council meeting.

July 2014

Leighton Properties purchased the 1.34 hectare former Moonee Ponds Market site, comprising 40 Hall Street and 34-36 Margaret Street in Moonee Ponds, from Reading International in October 2013.

At the time of purchase, Leighton Properties indicated that ”the site will be transformed into a landmark, master planned community, which has the potential to provide over 800 apartments and 2,000sqm of ancillary retail” and that they “hope to submit a planning application in 2014”.

We identified the former Moonee Ponds Market site as an important site for the area many years ago and remain keen to see it activated and improved for the benefit of the community.

To date no formal planning application has been submitted to Council for the site, the majority of which is currently leased as a car park, but we will keep the community updated on this key site.

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