Assessing Neighbourhood Character (Planet)

Event Outline

Neighbourhood character is arguably the most contentious aspect of residential development planning. This course clarifies the concept of "neighbourhood character' and provides a simple framework by which planners can begin to understand this issue.

The course focuses on defining what neighbourhood character means, using photographs to show different neighbourhood character typologies, using photographic examples to discuss whether these developments 'respect' neighbourhood character, and exploring critical VCAT decisions on the topic.

Participants also take a short walk, where the principles of neighbourhood character are further illustrated and discussed. The Session concludes with a class discussion, aided by images of new developments and streetscapes. The class discussion is joined by a local architect. It is an interactive and thought provoking session.

Who should attend?

Planners responsible for assessing applications and needing to clarify/understand the concept of 'neighbourhood character', architects and building designers, developers, solicitors and anyone engaged in the design or assessment of residential development. Planners gain value from attending the ResCode course in conjunction with this session.

Issues covered include:

  • appreciate what neighbourhood character means in a planning context
  • develop an understanding of the basic neighbourhood character typologies
  • discuss the role of neighbourhood character studies and local policies in the assessment process
  • learn about how to 'respect' neighbourhood character and how to 'respond' to a specific context.

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Five and More Storeys - Assessing Higher Density Residential Development


Event date:

24 / 10 / 2018

Course duration:

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

9.30am - 5.00pm

To register for this event, please contact PIA directly at

Please note that PIA Members receive a 30% discount.



John Glossop, Director, Glossop Town Planning.

A special guest speaker will complete the day.

Venue address:

Melbourne Metropole Central
44 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Fitzroy

Course cost:


Registration closes:

19 / 10 / 2018

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