Mt Waverley's under development siege: residents

MOUNT Waverley residents have been urged to fight to save the suburb from inappropriate development as Monash Council rejected another multi-storey apartment block last week.

Before the council unanimously defeated a $1.4 million proposal for eight apartments in Avondale Grove, veteran Mount Waverley councillor Tom Morrissey called on locals to continue to defend the suburb.

"I want you out there protecting Mount Waverley, protecting the city of Monash," Cr Morrissey said. "We need to work very hard on this particular issue. It could change the face of Mount Waverley."

A & Z Investments International has twice tried to develop apartments at the Avondale Grove site. The council rejected a planning application from the developer in November 2011.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal upheld Monash's decision in May last year.

Last December, residents were shocked to learn that A & Z Investments International was preparing a revamped bid.

"What's disappointing is that after the VCAT decision, the applicant has decided to take a very similar application to council again," Mount Waverley councillor Jieh-Yung Lo said.

"They showed no interest in engaging with council. There wasn't even a pre-application meeting with council."

Cr Lo said that the plan would lead to "overdevelopment" of the area and change the suburb's amenity.

Wilf Seelig, who lives next to the development site, was worried that the joy he felt after the meeting would be shortlived.

"I think they're going to go to VCAT again," he said. "If it does go to VCAT, we're going to really have to drum it up . . . otherwise we're not going to get the same support as last time."

Mr Seelig said the proposed complex was a "gross overdevelopment". "This type of high density development in a quiet residential area would be a threat to the whole of Mount Waverley and other similar areas within Monash."

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