A proposed tower development by Zaha Hadid Architects and Plus Architecture will be referred to Victoria’s planning minister for approval without consideration by the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee. This means the project is now a step closer to obtaining a planning permit.
Developer Landream submitted the 54–storey tower proposal at 582–606 Collins Street for planning approval in December 2015. The tower’s design consists of a series of stacked volumes, which resemble vases. The design establishes uniformity between the podium and the tower.
The City of Melbourne is a recommending referral authority and was asked for advice by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The minister for planning Richard Wynne is the responsible authority for determining the application.
The council’s Future Melbourne Committee was to decide on a ministerial referral in a meeting on Tuesday 3 May. However, of the 11 councillors, two were absent for the agenda item and five declared they had a conflict of interest and could not vote on the matter, leaving only four councillors remaining. […]