With around 1500 apartments, the five-tower proposal was set to help the company, controversially dumped by Labor from the East West Link tollroad, earn a fortune on the project.
Planning Minister Richard Wynne will now have the final say on whether to approve plans for the six-hectare site. Officers at Melbourne City Council had advised councillors to approve Lend Lease’s proposed development plan.
Docklands’ Collins Wharf, circa 1925.
But Greens councillor Rohan Leppert on Tuesday night moved a motion urging Mr Wynne to reject the plan.
Cr Leppert said the 2010 proposal was “wonderful and respected the heritage of Victoria Harbour”.
“But what is proposed here is simply a wall of towers that step up to Bolte Bridge,” he said. “It’s a very poor outcome for that end of the city. We don’t make the final decision on this, but the minister has to say no to this application.”
The rejection by councillors was unanimous, with a request to Lend Lease and the planning department to redesign the project so that it “steps down to the water”, with the new buildings “better reflecting the heritage of the wharf” by being lower rise.
A Lend Lease spokeswoman said the company would keep working on the plan despite the council declining to back it. “We’ll continue to work …[on] our Collins Wharf proposal,” she said.