Townhouses at 11 Asling St have been lauded by Bayside Council.
A REJECTED townhouse development in Brighton has been lauded as an “outstanding achievement” by the council that tried to scuttle it.
Bayside City Council declared the four townhouses at 11 Asling St the best medium-density housing development in its recent Bayside Built Environment Awards.
The honour was bestowed on the project three years after the council denied initial plans, forcing a showdown in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2016.
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The street view of the four townhouses.
VCAT gave a green light to the distinctive townhouses, designed by Ewert Leaf, with minor changes to the external materials, building scale and the roof shape.
Bayside’s director of city planning and community services Dr Hamish Reid said there was community concern about overdevelopment and the street’s heritage overlay, but the recent award recognised the achievements of architects Toby Ewert and Will Leaf.
“The building is of a scale that is compatible with its streetscape environment, and contributes positively to the local urban character,” he said.
The three-bedroom townhouses were initially rejected by council.
They have now been named the best medium-density housing development in the area.
The sleek structure uses dark brick and metal work to keep its two-storey design stylish but subtle.
Mr Leaf said it was a challenge building the development in Brighton’s busy activity centre, on a street with heritage protection.
He said it was exciting to finally be recognised by council.
“The building has now been endorsed by council through these awards, because they’ve accepted VCAT’s decision and they now think it’s a great design,” he said.
“Council recognised that it’s one of the most successful developments in terms of the constraints we had.”
It has a price guide of $1.95-$2.145 million.
Mr Leaf and Mr Ewert have lived with their families in two of the award-winning townhouses since their completion in April this year.
The Leaf family have just listed 11b Asling St with a price guide of $1.95-$2.145 million because they are upsizing to make room for another child.
“I think this house could suit a young family or professional couple who want to live by the beach,” he said.
The property is listed for private sale with Follett & Co.
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