September 10, 2013

Objections to the Joseph Road Redevelopment

The current redevelopment plans for Joseph Road in Footscray which has recently been approved by the State Planning Minister has some serious flaws. Firstly, the current plan will result in overcrowding of an enclosed space. Some of the buildings that are approved for the redevelopment are over 20 stories high, which is not compatible with the original plans for the area. The current access points to the development are completely inadequate, for pedestrians and bikes as well as cars, leaving the whole development problematic for all future residents and current residents living in the vicinity of the development.

The Government’s plans for Joseph Road have approved the development of this area without an adequate framework to support the enormous influx of people, both from a physical and social point of view. The area does not have enough existing infrastructure to support the influx of people to the Joseph Road precinct and will be gridlocked and traffic congested. Joseph Road will be isolated from the rest of Footscray, making it almost impossible for pedestrians and cyclists as well as vehicle traffic. The currently approved plans are a complete overdevelopment of the site from the original aim of the development and do not take into enough account the ramifications the influx of people will have on the surrounding areas.

If you, like me, are concerned about the effects of redevelopment, please get in touch with me.

Marsha Thomson