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Master plan approved

03 Jul 2012

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Planning Minister Matthew Guy has approved MAB Corporation’s revised master plan for NewQuay.

Included in the master plan are five new towers for NewQuay Central, including a 15-storey hotel at the front of the Waterfront City Piazza – a proposal which has upset some residents who would prefer the building at the rear along Docklands Drive.

But Mr Guy’s announcement should not be confused with permission to build the hotel or any of the proposed towers.

Permission must still be granted to build each of the buildings in the master plan.

Mr Guy told Docklands News that there would be changes to what MAB was seeking at NewQuay Central.

“There is obviously a way to go with the approvals.  This is just the master plan that has been approved,” Mr Guy said.  “There are a few changes around where the buildings will be.  There certainly are some changes.”

“Obviously they’ll have to go through the next round which is approvals for the actual buildings.  There’s still a way to go.  This is just about the structure plan.”

Last November residents staged a protest against aspects of MAB’s proposal including the siting of the hotel and scale of development.

The City of Melbourne has also criticised aspects of the proposal including heights, setbacks, street activation, wind mitigation, shadowing, traffic access, car parking, traffic generation, bicycle facilities and density.

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