Council has blocked a proposed two-storey, four-unit townhouse building on the 911m2 block at 63 Main Road, Wellington Point after receiving 68 submissions against the plan.
Council voted eight to two against the proposal despite officers originally recommending that a development permit be granted. Flats already existing on the site were a point of contention during the debate. Neighbours were concerned the development would cause parking issues which was unfair to the residents and not in keeping with the low density zoning and open character of the area.
A two-storey house on an 834m2 block at 57 Banana Street, walking distance to the Redland Bay Marina and within the contentious Weinam Creek Priority Development (WCPD) area is currently being considered by the state government for a proposed seven-storey complex.
The complex would include 17 units, a rooftop recreations space, 31 resident car parks and two visitor spaces. HAL Architects town planner Jesse Govender said, “the building is considered to be of high architectural merit and … the proposed development is consistent with the intent of the mixed-use precinct and is compliant with the WCPD development scheme.”
The draft Birkdale Community Precinct (BCP) Community Consultation report was recently narrowly approved by Council five votes to five, carried by the Mayor’s vote.
According to the report, less than one percent of Redland residents responded to a survey which found that 73% of respondents supported the precinct but many wanted more information on long-term running and maintenance costs, and the legacy of the BCP.
Councillor McKenzie claimed, “there is a noise minority in our community that don’t want this precinct to proceed and seem set on ensuring that young people remain Redlands greatest export.” Some residents are concerned the site will become a “white elephant” following the 2032 Olympic Games.
More than 25 studies on the Birkdale Community Land site have been commissioned by Council, and a separate motion on statutory planning pathways for the BCP to allow for more report and research to be done into the precinct has now been passed.
Capalaba MP Don Brown said, “State and Federal Governments will be funding the construction of the facility and Council will be tasked with its ongoing operations.” He said, “as the site is owned by the council it will be their responsibility to find the funding for the rest of their mast er plan.” Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that it is hoped public and private partnerships will fund the BCP in a similar way to the South Bank precinct.
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Source: Redland City Bulletin