Council rejects high-rise aged care development

Monday, 13th November, 2017

Architect Deicke Richards' design for a TriCare aged-care and retirement facility at Taringa that the council rejected. Photo: TriCare

BRISBANE City Council has rejected an aged-care providers proposal to build a three-tower development in Brisbane’s south-west after the developer refused to scale back its plans.

TriCare submitted a development application to the council to build a residential facility and retirement facility on an 11,830 square metre site at Seven Oaks Street, Taringa, on June 29.

More than 1200 residents signed a petition opposing the development which included towers of 16, 14 and nine storeys.

On August 9, the council wrote to TriCare outlining several concerns including the scale, height and bulk of the proposal.

“Ths development proposal in its current form is not supported,” the information request said.

On Friday, the council knocked back the development’s proposal after it refused to make changes.

City Planning chairman Julian Simmonds said the developer failed to respond to the council’s concerns about the size of the development.

“In August, council’s planning team clearly advised that 16 storeys were not supported by council on this site,” Cr Simmonds said.

“Concerns about the scale, height and bulk of the buildings and their appropriateness for the local area were raised by council officers, as well as concerns about transport, access, parking, noise, and landscaping.

“Last month, the developers indicated that they would not be reducing the height of the tallest building (16 storeys) and would only make minor reductions in heights to the other two buildings.

“Without a significant reduction in the height, the development was simply not of a height or scale that is consistent with the local area.”

The development received 868 submissions raising concern about the height of the building, traffic congestion and removals of trees.

Cr Simmonds said the council remained very supportive of aged care development, which was in critical shortage, however, developers still need to abide by the city plan.

“All development proposals, regardless of whether they are for residential or commercial purposes, need to demonstrate their ability to meet the requirements of (the) city plan,” he said.

TriCare has been contacted for comment.

Brisbane Times

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