Everyone agrees that the developers who illegally demolished the 1850s Corkman / Carlton Inn in Carlton over 18 months ago should be fined to the maximum, and that preferably any development rights they might have had on the site should be severely restricted.
But the fines available are not large and are being challenged in various court actions and tribunals right now. We have written to the Minister for Planning requesting new penalties be created that would prevent any more illegal heritage demolition but we have not had a response. See our letter here.
Meanwhile, the planning controls for the site have recently been advertised for comment, and unfortunately they are based on what they might have been able to get a permit for if they hadn’t demolished anything, rather than being stronger, because, well, this is most likely to get through the legal objections.
This means that they would only have to reconstruct the facades, and then build up to 40m (12 storeys) or more, set back only 6m !
We think that’s simply not good enough.
We say that the whole Victorian era parts of the hotel should be reconstructed, and any development on the rear half of the site be restricted to about 5 levels.
You have an opportunity to tell the City of Melbourne what you think through their ‘Participate’ process. You can fill out the form here and submit by next Friday, 20th April.
You might like to say something like :
“I am shocked that this Amendment would allow the owners to simply reconstruct the facades ‘with as much original material as possible’, then build up to 40m or more set back only 6m from the facades ! Even if the hotel had not been demolished illegally, this would be a terrible outcome for such an important heritage building. The Victorian era part of the hotel should be reconstructed fully, and any development on the remainder of the site should be no more than about 5 storeys, so as not to dominate the restored building.”