PS: Adding insult to injury, a new application for 18 storeys has come in for 9-13 Derby Road, Caulfield East. The proposal is for 158 student units, plus shops and underground parking – and of course adjacent to a Heritage Overlay. This comes on top of the 127 student units in Dudley Street, which remains zoned as Neighbourhood Residential. Such examples are the consequences of negligent planning by council for the past 15 years! However 18 storeys will fit in perfectly with the MRC development of at least 22 storeys near by. Monash, as far as we know, is still planning for around 1200 student accommodation places at Caulfield.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released its building approval figures for the current financial year – ie from July 1st to November 30th. The table below mainly highlights the results for the metropolitan area, plus all those municipalities which exceed the number occurring in Glen Eira. Readers should note that:

  • The size of the municipalities which have experienced a greater building boom and the impact this would have on overall density
  • The number of houses compared to units in most of these municipalities
  • Also worth considering is that Moreland has 576 hectares of open space; Moonee Valley has 528 hectares and poor old Glen Eira 172.9 hectares according to the 2014 Open Space Strategy!

Conclusion? Glen Eira continues to be a developers’ paradise and at this rate will become the most dense municipality in the state (outside of Melbourne) and available open space per head of population will continue to shrink.

The complete Excel data sheet is uploaded HERE