If anyone had any doubts about the rate of development in Glen Eira, then the above graph should provide plenty of food for thought. This municipality is grouped together with Bayside, Boroondara and Stonnington in the State Government’s planning agenda. The figures clearly show that we are far outstripping even Stonnington which is really an ‘inner’ municipality rather than a ‘middle’ council such as Glen Eira.

The numbers in the graph represent approved subdivisions from January to December 2021 and hence are a far more reliable figure than simply building permits. Each subdivision means that a new ‘lot’ has been created – whether this be for single blocks being subdivided to accommodate 2 dwellings, or apartment blocks being subdivided for each new unit. Reliability is also greater than for the building permits, since the subdivision process in the vast majority of case comes after the planning permit has been granted, and after the building permit has also been granted. Subdivision is usually near the completion of the building – either to sell off the plan, or to sell upon the completion of construction.

The subdivision figures from 2016 onwards are also frightening in that Glen Eira has consistently recorded well over 1200 net new dwellings per year. Council’s annual report in fact recorded 6343 additional ‘rateable properties’ for these 5 years – an average of 1269 completed homes per annum.  So again, we have to question the strategic planning of this council when we have consistently exceeded the Victoria in Future ‘required’ net new dwellings of 900 per annum. But this seems to have fallen on deaf ears in this council with structure planning that continues to encourage and facilitate more and more development.

Even more concerning is that all of the above figures do NOT include what is to eventuate at East Village (at least another 3000 apartments) and at Caulfield Village (precinct 3) another 1000-1500 with a height of 22 storeys being mooted. We are also still awaiting the release of the Caulfield Station structure plan. We have no doubt that this will feature a total indifference to heritage and will provide the green light for heights approaching 15 to 20 storeys.

Thus council keeps forging ahead with amendment after amendment PRIOR to the completion of a housing strategy. The fundamental question remains ignored: do we need the heights proposed in these various structure plans when our projected housing needs will have been well and truly exceeded? How does this benefit the community? Or, does it only benefit developers?