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The most challenging issues for the Burnley Pocket, both now and into the future, are managing growth and appropriate development.


The residents must have their say in how developments impact the area and it is vital that Council balances the needs of future growth while protecting the heritage streetscape. With the imminent possibility that the State Government will take over planning in some way, shape or form, a strong residents' voice is important.


Currently, though mostly residential areas (the vast majority of the Pocket) are limited to 3 storeys, the dozen or so commercially-zoned sites have no height restrictions at all. We managed to at least limit the height of the Salta Group development in Adam Street.

We are now starting to see developers pushing the envelope on residential development as well.

The proposed development at 245 Stawell Street is a prime example.

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