Travancore Development (Former Lombard's site)
Disappointingly, on August 11th, VCAT handed down its approval of the Development Plan for a 23 storey tower as Stage 2B of the Benson's development on the former Lombards site. In accepting the height as reasonable for the site, the VCAT member referred to expert opinion from within Council and the PDP's recommendations. The member argued that although Melbourne 2030 "discourages" intense developments outside activity centres, where there is net community benefit, such a development can be contemplated. Council now needs to consider the planning permit application for the development.