The Victorian government is appealing against the construction of a high-rise after concerns it could interfere with flight paths to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Planning Minister Richard Wynne told the ABC that the 15-storey building had been approved by Melbourne City Council before new rules were brought in to safeguard flight paths to hospitals.
“They need a clear flight path in and out of the hospitals and if you have buildings obviously that block the flight path, it’s often not safe for the helicopter to weave around them,” he said.
The state government has asked the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to overturn the Council’s approval and to reduce the height of the building, which was planned to have 162 apartments and two penthouses over 15 levels. 60 per cent of the apartments have reportedly sold off the plan.
Last year there over 250 emergency helicopter landings at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, according to the Age. – Isabell Greigeritsch
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