The Cities of Bayside, Boroondara and Stonnington have formed the Proper Planning for Public Housing Alliance to challenge the PHRP.
The PHRP is fatally flawed. It will sell public housing sites to developers, breach the Government’s own recently-introduced planning controls and barely make a dent in the public housing waiting list.
That’s why we are calling on the Government to delay the program until the Parliamentary Inquiry has been completed, and ensure redeveloped sites are at least 50% public housing and do not breach current planning controls.
The PHRP will see the Minister for Planning and Minister for Housing breach their government’s own planning controls while doing little to respond to the housing crisis.
Developers will make massive profits by cramming in thousands of private apartments on public housing land and in return they will build only a small number of new public housing dwellings.
And if the Minister for Planning installs himself as the Planning Authority, third party appeal rights could be removed and councils and residents denied a say on development in their streets.
Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s Plan Melbourne policy promises greater certainty about what can be built and where. But it seems the Victorian Government doesn’t need to stick to their own rules. The PHRP may lead to:
Research conducted by NERA Economic Consulting and Sensing Value found: