Brisbane City Council vowed to fight the appealed development application to build 4 high-rise blocks of retirement units at Lota House.
Now a compromise deal is about to be approved.
Our suburb will become a construction site.
More than 50 mature trees will be destroyed to make way for the development. Elderly residents at Lota House will suffer years of noise, dust and confusion.
Last Chance Rally
Tell the council and developers that this is wrong. Join us 10am Sunday December 8, Lota House 162 Oceana Terrace. This is the last chance for us as a community, to make our feelings known.
The application has been before the Planning and Environment Court since April when Village Retirement Group appealed against the council’s decision to refuse the development. (Village Retirement Group are Anglicare’s partners in this commercial joint venture).
On Friday, November 22 Brisbane City Council’s lawyer advised that the development application would be approved.
Judge William Everson has determined the changes Village Retirement Group proposed do not constitute any significant alterations to the original proposal
The changes include:
The changes do not alter the scale, bulk and appearance of the buildings. Significantly, Buildings 3 and 4 (which front Grace Street) remain at 6 storeys, more than twice the height of Lota House.
See the full documents at the court website.
Scroll down to the documents heading and you can view and download all court documents. The last four are Village Retirement Group’s changes and the judge’s orders in relation to those changes.
Judge Everson ordered that the appeal should proceed on the basis of the changes. The council is to draft a list of conditions and the court will make its final orders on December 13.
55 mature trees will be destroyed to make way for the 4 towers (100 units). These trees are on average about 20 metres tall.
Anglicare and Village Retirement Group are planning a “staged build”. After one stage is “sold off” they will start on the next stage. Construction works will continue for many years.
The elderly residents of Lota House and the local community will be subjected to years of construction work - trucks, low loaders and utes on our streets from 6 each morning. The chain saws and graders will be first in to clear the site and cut down the trees. After that expect diggers, tip trucks, concrete pumps, scaffolding and gangs of workers with power tools and nail guns.
And this latest approval is just the beginning. Anglicare and Village Retirement Group plan to build a further 4 towers on the Lota House site – that’s a total of eight high-rise unit blocks.
To build this later stage, Anglicare and Village Retirement Group will have to demolish all of the affordable independent cottages located on the headland. These will be replaced by units with 3 and 4 bedrooms, and great water views. This is NOT aged care. The scale of this development is completely inappropriate for a low density, low rise suburb like Lota.
There were more than 150 submissions to council opposing the original development application – even though it was code assessable which means a decision could have been made within council. The developers were not required to seek public comment. And they did not. Nor did Anglicare consult with the local community until it was forced to do so.
Our local, state and federal members joined in a rare alliance to oppose the development.
When the developer appealed against council’s decision to refuse the application, there were 400 signatures on a petition urging the council to fight against the appeal.
State Government failed to oppose it
Lota House is rare as the oldest surviving residence in the Manly-Lota area and one of the few 1860s residences of its type to survive in Queensland. It’s listed on the State Government’s Queensland Heritage Register.
The statement of significance in the Register cites:
11/30/2019 12:34:27 pm
Proposed Plans lodged 11/06/2018 show the address as :
12/8/2019 06:46:04 pm
Wont be voting for you mate
11/30/2019 12:44:13 pm
Quote “The eucalypt woodland on the southeast and southwest perimeters of the property has been associated with Lota House from the earliest establishment of the estate. The woodland, which extends over the cliff along The Esplanade, forms a landmark in the Lota area and has been entered in the Brisbane City Council's Brisbane Conservation Atlas (prepared in the 1980s and 1990s) for its high biological and scenic values.” End of Quote.
12/7/2019 08:41:10 am
What an unmitigated disaster this decision is for this beautiful, quiet, leafy, uncongested & peaceful part of Brisbane & is a cruel betrayal of the residents who choose to live in the vicinity & love it for these very reasons, The so-called public consultation process has been a complete sham, an absolute farce which makes a mockery of public opinion. It is quite obvious that, once again the opinions & concerns of local citizens count for nothing to big business whose rampant greed, influence & unlimited resources & pay no heed to local residents whose lives will be so drastically & cruelly affected. Lota House, being a heritage listed building & woodland supposedly held in trust in its original form in perpetuity for the people of Brisbane. This act of vandalism will destroy its historical & heritage value & surround it with a treeless desert & a forest of ugly high rise buildings
12/8/2019 06:44:50 pm
Stop building ! Save our environment. We don't need more development save our trees and comunity its not about making money stupid council you are ruining our environment.!!!
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