Property developers in Melbourne have hit out at what they see as a populist attitude on the part of some local councils as moves on the part of one inner urban council to restrict development to no more than four storeys has prompted outrage on the part of those who say that the city needs greater housing supply in areas which offer good access to transport, employment opportunities and social infrastructure.

At its council meeting last month, the City of Yarra in Melbourne’s inner east-resolved to ask the State Minister for Planning to introduce strict new controls within the municipality’s boundaries which would limit development within Mixed-Use Zones and General Residential Zones to no more than thirteen metres (four storeys) and…