Plans to transform an Altona street by replacing 10 single-storey villas with 14 double and triple storey townhouses have been rejected by the state’s planning tribunal.
Applicant Brian Noordenne had applied to redevelop 4-22 Fresno Street, which is opposite Altona Tennis Club and several sporting ovals.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Monday upheld Hobsons Bay council’s refusal to grant a permit.
Member Megan Carew said the council’s view was that the proposal was not consistent with the neighbourhood character and was a poor response to both Fresno Street and to the neighbours to the rear.
Ms Carew said she found the proposal acceptable when viewed from Fresno Street.
“However, to the rear I have found that the proposal does not sufficiently respect the neighbourhood character or the amenity of adjoining properties,” she said.
A resident to the rear, Alan Thompson, said he would have lost his view of the sunset if the development had been allowed.
“Higher density housing in Melbourne should not come at a huge loss of amenity to the neighbouring residents due to poor design and excessive bulk and height,” he said.
“A mix of quality two and three bedroom affordable homes would serve the district better.”
Mr Noordenne said he was disappointed the tribunal refused the application instead of issuing an interim order to address the concerns.
“We will amend the design in line with the tribunal’s recommendations and submit a new application to the City of Hobsons Bay,” he said.
“We look forward to the amended design enhancing Fresno Street and the surrounding area.”