State Government introduces promised mandatory height limits at Port Phillip Woollen Mills – Hobsons Bay Leader

THE State Government has kept its election promise to introduce mandatory height controls on the controversial Port Phillip Woollen Mills development in Williamstown.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne today approved a planning scheme amendment for the site that means apartment heights will be limited to 25m and the developer forced to contribute to local infrastructure.

The amendment applies to the 60 per cent of the site not yet developed.

Evolve Developments recently sold the development site to AVJennings for $350 million, with a plan to build up to 850 dwellings, including townhouses and a 10m apartment tower.

The amendment essentially put into force the recommendations of an advisory committee set up to assess the development.

The committee received 146 submissions on how the land should be used but the committee’s recommendations that height be limited, industrial heritage on the site be preserved and that the developer contribute to local infrastructure were not enforced by the then Planning Minister Matthew Guy.

Williamstown MP Wade Noonan said the announcement was a victory for commonsense.

“Finally, the people of Williamstown have certainty and it’s thanks to their efforts, along with Hobsons Bay Council, who have advocated for the good of their neighbourhood,’’ he said.

Hobsons Bay Councillor Angela Altair said a developer contribution was crucial as the development would add hundreds of new residents to Williamstown and place huge pressure on roads and schools.

She thanked the Government and council staff for putting the amendment into force so quickly.

“This amendment will also ensure the developer contributes to the cost of upgrading community infrastructure to help us cope with the boost to the population,’’ Cr Altair said.

“We also have to thank the people of Williamstown for keeping up the pressure.”