Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
New Chapel Street Licensed Premises Controls
Victor P Taffa
New planning controls for licensed premises have been introduced to protect public safety and amenity of popular Chapel Street in the City of Stonnington, Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced today.
“I have amended the planning scheme in response to a request from council to assist with addressing the saturation of licensed premises along Chapel Street.” Mr. Guy said.
“The new Licensed Premises Policy will apply along the majority of Chapel Street encompassing South Yarra, Prahran and Windsor.”
“The policy prohibits new venues with more than 200 patrons trading after 1 am and caps the number of venues of that type to 50; helping address potential harm from alcohol fuelled violence in one of Melbourne’s vibrant neighbourhoods.” Mr. Guy said.
Minister for Consumer Affairs Michael O’Brien said the new planning controls complemented the Coalition Government’s liquor licensing reforms to tackle anti-social behaviour.
“The Coalition has introduced strong new powers for Police and licensees, new offences and tougher penalties for anti-social behaviour in and around licensed venues.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“This announcement supports the Coalition’s extended freeze on any new late night liquor licences in inner Melbourne, including Stonnington.”
Member for Prahran Clem Newton-Brown said the move to contain the number of licensed venues were both necessary and welcome.
“This amendment will ensure Chapel Street’s status as one of Melbourne’s most popular nightlife hubs are sustained without the growing threat of alcohol-fuelled violence.” Mr. Newton-Brown said.
A key factor in Minister Guy’s decision was a 2009 Stonnington City Council report examining the numbers and types of late night venues operating after 1am and their cumulative impact on alcohol fuelled violence.
The report Late Night Liquor License Trading in the Chapel Street Precinct: Measuring the Saturation Levels identified certain types of premises as sources of potential harm.
“The planning reforms acknowledge the negative social impacts of such venues and include new requirements for applications where they seek to trade beyond midnight.” Mr. Guy said.