"> Sorrento Residence – UPco

3492 Point Nepean Road, Sorrento

Client: MP-PM
Project type: Residential (new single dwelling)
Stakeholders: Shire of Mornington Peninsula, VicRoads, local community
Value: $3.5 million

Image courtesy of Neil Architecture

The project
Sorrento is a coastal township on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, popular with families and holidaymakers. While the suburb is steeped in history, a number of meticulously designed modern homes are cropping up: and our client came to us with a proposal for one of these glamorous new additions. The site was right near the cliffside Millionaire’s Walk, putting its occupants within arm’s reach of the beach, bay, golf club and even the Sorrento Portsea Artists’ Trail.

The challenge

This beautiful home required complex knowledge and a carefully considered plan of attack. It involved the removal of many trees on the site, enabling the construction of a two-storey dwelling with a swimming pool and tennis court.

The trees were covered by a Vegetation Protection Overlay, an Environmental Significance Overlay, a Heritage Overlay and a Design and Development Overlay. UPco guided the project team through the complexities of the planning controls, and developed a strong approach to gain Council support. Key planning issues for this project related to tree removal, landscape response and built form response.

The outcome

The project and its planning approach received a favourable decision from Council; however, this decision was subsequently appealed by adjoining landowners, who were primarily concerned about the proposed vehicle access. Fortunately, these issues weren’t raised by Council or VicRoads, and we were able to successfully negotiate with the landowners (alongside Council and VicRoads) outside of a VCAT hearing.

This project was a prime example of UPco’s careful approach and healthy relationships with stakeholders, and we are proud to be helping make this dream home a reality.