Queensland Government to consider proposed call-in of West Village development in Brisbane's West End

QUEENSLAND Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad last week announced she was using her powers under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 to issue a proposed call-in notice for the proposed West Village mixed-use development at the Absoe site in Brisbane's West End.

"I have notified all stakeholders, including the developers and the community, that I am considering a call in for the proposed West Village development," Ms Trad said, adding that any decision to ultimately call in this application will be made on planning merit.

Brisbane, Queensland
Above: Brisbane, Queensland / by Chris Lofqvist.

Ms Trad said Brisbane City Council gave a preliminary approval to vary the City Plan 2014 to allow for a mixed-use development at the site on 18 May 2016.

"It is anticipated that the proposed development will consist of 1,350 residential dwellings and 18,500 square metres of retail and commercial uses," she said.

"The proposal is of significant scale and is identified as a key development site in the South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan.

"Community members have expressed their concerns over the lack of open spaces, traffic impacts, the scale of the development and that the proposal should provide a superior outcome for existing and future residents."

"All relevant parties now have 15 business days to have their say on whether the development should be called in."

A submitter appeal was filed in the Planning and Environment Court on 21 June 2016 against Brisbane City Council's decision to approve this application.

Stage one of the development, two 15-storey residential buildings, at the southern end of the site next to Wilson Street was approved by the council on 11 March 2016.

"This stage did not rely on the preliminary approval as it complied with the South Brisbane Riverside Neighbourhood Plan and the City Plan 2014," Ms Trad said.

The closing date for representations is 18 August 2016 and the Deputy Premier is required to make a decision on whether to call in the development by 14 September 2016.
More information is available from the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website at <http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning/development-assessment/ministerial-call-in.html>.

Photo: 'Brisbane' / Chris Lofqvist / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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