liveable cities melbourneFederal government getting more involved with town planning and city design which is a good thing.

However, can the federal government convince local government to change their archaic thinking on neighbourhood character, which defines how we design our buildings and develop property for future subdivision?

An article published this month by Sourceable Industry News and Analysis begs the question – how green is Council?

It says; are local councils in Victoria prepared to move forward with the new order in neighbourhood character, which calls for more compact, sustainable and practical designs for a land poor city crying out for more subdivision in urbanised areas? Or are we to be strangled by the character of brick veneer houses with double garages and hipped roofs which carpenters and non-professional designers built in our suburbs in the 1950s and which still dominate the typical suburban streets?

The New Residential Zones in Victoria were to free us up from the concept of neighbourhood character and allow more medium density residential development, but the reverse has occurred and what was prescribed in good faith has been turned upside-down by loopholes in the Planning and Environmental Act.

Neighbourhood character is universally respected in heritage streets where grand or simple Victorian homes create a sense of culture, pride in workmanship and history we respect, love and want to preserve as much as practical.

But brick veneer homes of the 1960s not only lack in culture, they are an energy inefficient type of construction, while hipped roofs are totally underutilised space. Neither of them create a sense of belonging in the modern age. Click here to read the article in full.

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