Windsor redevelopment gains planning support

Proposed Hotel Windsor redevelopment

Proposed Hotel Windsor redevelopment [Source: Future of The Windsor]

Denton Corker Marshall’s proposal for the redevelopment of the Windsor Hotel has received broad support from senior planners at Melbourne City Council. “The design has sought to provide a neutral but handsome backdrop that allows the Windsor Hotel to remain visually prominent and distinct” stated one senior planner in a letter obtained by The Age.

Controversy surrounds the project with the Victorian Parliament launching an upper house inquiry to investigate the involvement of ministers and their staff in planning decisions and approvals since 2006. This follows the release of a leaked document written by Peta Duke, former media adviser to Planning Minister Justin Madden, revealing plans to run a sham public consultation process over the future of the historic hotel.

Meanwhile, the National Trust remains opposed to various aspects of the redevelopment. This includes the proposed 27 storey tower, which exceeds the Melbourne Planning Scheme recommendation that buildings in the Bourke Street Hill precinct should be no higher than 23 metres. The Trust also finds the demolition of the rear and one side wing of the original hotel unacceptable.

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