Mitcham's Corner Development Framework SPD
Representation ID: 31405
Respondent: Telereal Trillium
It is suggested that it needs to be made clear that 'finer urban grain' does not necessarily mean breaks in plan form of buildings. 'Fine grain' can be achieved through height variations, voids at upper floors, rhythm, projections or set backs among others.
4.3.17 refers to the need to create 'a finger grain of development along Chesterton Road'. However, the definition of 'Fine Grain' within the glossary defines this as 'The quality of an areas layout of building blocks and plots having small and frequent subdivisions'.
The reference to layout of building blocks and also reference to plots therefore indicates an expectation that each block (i.e. the sites frontage to Chesterton Road) will be expected to experience various sub divisions. However, this conflicts with the existing character of long lines of terraced properties along Chesterton Road. Instead it is suggested that it needs to be made clear that 'finer urban grain' does not necessarily mean breaks in plan form of buildings. 'Fine grain' can be achieved through height variations, voids at upper floors, rhythm, projections or set backs among others. The various examples are explained earlier within the SPD at paragraph 4.2.14 where 'G.R.A.I.N' is used to illustrate ways to achieve fine grain development. However, the definition of 'fine grain' within the glossary does not reflect these varied opportunities, instead assuming reliance on breaks or 'subdivisions' in the layout of building blocks and plots.
It is therefore suggested that the definition in the glossary is adapted to the following:
'The quality of an area's building blocks or plots having small and frequent height variations or subdivisions in accordance with the G.R.A.I.N principles'.
The above definition would also better reflect the approach to development principles set out in Figure 52 where support for staggered building lines and height variations are supported and would ensure that paragraph 4.3.17 is consistent with these principles.