THE QUEENSLAND Government last week announced the approval of the $800 million West Village development on the Absoe site in Brisbane's West End, which will deliver up to 1,250 apartments across seven buildings ranging in height between eight and 22 storeys.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad, who called in the proposal in September, said the key inner city site will be home to a new world class development.
"I received more than 700 submissions from the community and stakeholders during the proposed call in period, with the majority supporting a call in and desiring a better urban design outcome," Ms Trad said.
"It was obvious there were significant state interests involved with the development including its economic significance, environmental factors, housing supply, liveable communities and ensuring that there is an effective and accountable planning and development assessment system.
"My reassessment of the application was based on planning merit alone, which has been demonstrated through my decisions on previous call ins.
"As is standard practice, government officers entered discussions with the developer for the West Village call in on a range of issues including public space and built form.
"We understood that we had the opportunity to create a world class urban renewal project for this 2.6ha inner city site and I am confident that based on the expert planning advice I've received and by applying conditions to the development we have been able to achieve this outcome.
"West Village will help set the new benchmark for urban renewal developments in Brisbane and ensure they are set to the standards of a world class city."
The key conditions of approval for the site include:
- A doubling in publicly accessible green space, including two major areas of open space, one fronting Boundary Street and one fronting Mollison Street;
- Reduction in overall site cover from the 95 per cent approved by Brisbane City Council to 80 per cent;
- Fewer overall apartments, with a maximum of 1250 apartments;
- 30 per cent of the site to be designated as 24 hour publicly accessible open space, laneways and arcades;
- Ensuring that the public space fronting Boundary Street will be delivered within 6 months of occupation of any apartments on site – including those already approved;
- The retention and re-use of two local heritage buildings and prohibiting construction of additional residential on top of heritage buildings;
- Seven buildings above the podium, ranging from 8 to 22 storeys in height - with an improved design outcome achieved through the transition of building heights across the site;
- Safe and accessible pedestrian and cyclist linkages through the site;
- An internal private street providing access to the development and providing pedestrian and cyclist access between Mollison Street and Little Jane Street;
- The provision of community uses including a childcare centre and public art space;
- The requirement for development to achieve a 5 star green rating; and
- Fewer car parking spaces and the provision of a car share scheme and electric parking stations.
More information is available from the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website at <http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning/development-assessment/west-village.html>.