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March 1, 2016

Permits proving more popular

There’s been a strong resurgence in the popularity of permit-approved sites in Victoria, with more than $145 million worth of permitted development site sales transacting since November 2015 according to CBRE.

The trend is being underpinned by two key factors – the new state government’s attitude towards planning and the strength of the residential market.

Mark Wizel, senior director of CBRE Victorian Development Sites, said since the change in the Victorian Government approximately 15 months ago, market feedback has suggested that permits have been more difficult to achieve – as Minister Richard Wynn and the Labour government take Melbourne’s city planning in a new direction.

“As such, developers are more actively targeting permitted opportunities for the security of immediate development,” he says.

“Another key factor underpinning demand is the current strength of the residential market, with apartment and townhouse developers looking to acquire sites with permits so they can have their product in the market straightaway.

“We have also repeatedly found over a number of years that Chinese, Malaysian and Singaporean developers have had a preference for sites with permits.

“In December and November of 2015 alone, [we] transacted nearly $150 million in permitted sites to a mix of local and offshore developers – highlighting the strong demand in the permitted sector,” he adds.

Bank Street, South Melbourne$15,070,000Dec-15Chinese
Vale Street, North Melbourne$1,750,000Dec-15Local
Rosslyn St, West Melbourne$2,600,000Dec-15Chinese
Batman Street, West Melbourne $35,000,000Dec-15Local
Cookson Street, Camberwell $4,340,000Dec-15Local
Hopkins Street, Footscray $23,000,000Nov-15Local
Danks Street, Port Melbourne $3,200,000Nov-15Local
High Street, Kew $8,500,000Nov-15Chinese
Down Street, Collingwood $3,300,000Nov-15Local
Union Road, Balwyn $4,050,000 Nov-15Chinese
Neerim Road, Carnegie $6,680,000Nov-15Malaysian
Canning Street, North Melbourne $31,000,000Nov-15Chinese
Burke Road, Kew $6,800,000Nov-15Chinese
TOTAL (13 sales) $145,290,000

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