Heritage watchdog says ‘No’ to High Rise

Victoria’s State Heritage watchdog has refused NSW Developer Walker Corporation’s application to build high rise apartments on public open space overlooking Yarra Bend Park next to Willsmere.

Brian Walsh, President of the Kew Cottages Coalition, said today, “This is an excellent decision that will be welcomed not only by local residents but also by all Victorians who value Melbourne’s historic skyline.”

“The State Heritage listed former Willsmere Hospital, Main Drive Kew, and surrounding parkland high above the Yarra River are clearly visible from all over Melbourne, with the Willsmere skyline still looking much as it did 100 years ago.”

“Heritage Victoria’s decision sets a new benchmark in protection at Willsmere and Kew Cottages,” Mr. Walsh said. But their decision will also need to be strongly defended and promoted by the State Government if we are to ensure that significant public open spaces like this are to continue to be properly protected over the next hundred years.”

enc: Copy Heritage Victoria Determination

20150526HeritageDecisionStage8kew_cottages.pdf

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