The Urban Design report for the development of Virginia Estate is a remarkable document in several ways. The stated methodology is to analyse developments around the world in order to determine ’best practice’ which can then be applied to Virginia Estate. The trouble with such ‘comparisons’ is that what is presented in the document is either NOT comparable or information is presented that is completely erroneous.

One of the ‘comparisons’ is the Caulfield Village development. Please remember that although the development plan for Precinct 3 (Smith St) is still to make an appearance, the Incorporated Plan has stipulated that:

  • Heights will be at least 20 storeys for this precinct with a potential for 22 storeys
  • The number of known dwellings at this point in time equals 2063
  • Residential density would then be close to 400 dwellings per hectare and not the 80 claimed
  • These ‘facts’ were known years ago so why is a document dated November 2017 presenting such bogus figures?!

Given the above, why is the Virginia Estate document portraying this development as only up to 14 storeys and only catering for 1200 dwellings? We certainly don’t believe that the MRC has suddenly become so magnanimous as to have changed their minds an reduced the scale of their vision.


Next for comparison is the Bradmill development. It is similar in size to Virginia Estate (ie 24 hectares) but will contain according to the figures only 1500 dwellings. Of far greater note, as can be seen from the image below, is the amount of open space proposed for the development. In contrast to what is in line for Virginia Estate (ie one park of 2500 square metres and a sprinkling of more dots on the map) Bradmill is close to 4 hectares of open space on a similar sized lot and BUILDINGS THAT WOULD BE 6 STOREYS AND NOT 8!

We don’t believe that it is too much to ask that when documents are published years after the facts are known, that they be accurate, detailed, and actually informative!