The Brisbane City Council has been allowed to extend its argument for rejecting Village Retirement Group’s plans for a multi-storey development at Lota House.
After a 2 hour hearing in the Planning and Environment Court (on Monday June 24) , Judge Williamson agreed that there were 2 further sections of code that could be included in the council’s reasons for refusing the application.
These are sections of the Brisbane City Plan:
Community facilities zone code
(4) Development location and uses and overall outcomes:
(i) is appropriately located according to the type of proposed use;
(iii) is of a scale, height and bulk that provides a high level of amenity;
(v) transitions sensitively to surrounding uses.
(5) Development form overall outcomes are:
(b) Development creates a variety of building forms, materials and facade treatments
Community facilities code
Performance Outcomes: PO 15 - Development has a building form that is varied and building bulk that is reduced by design elements such as awnings, recesses and projections, and a range of materials, colours and textures.
The council will argue that the Village Retirement Group’s plans for 5 and 6 storey towers at Lota House do not meet the requirements above.
See court details
The case will probably go to trial in October. In the meantime, the court may ask the council and Village Retirement Group to hold discussions and agree to a compromise deal.
We don’t want Village Retirement Group and their lawyers deciding what should be built in our community.
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New grounds strengthen council refusal
The conditions agreed in court on Monday are in addition to reasons the council has already given for refusing the Lota House development.
See the council’s first refusal letter sent to Anglicare and Village Retirement Group in April.
We believe the council’s decision to reject the application was sound and reasonable and should stand.
The Anglicare, Village Retirement Group application required that the State government provide heritage and impact assessment comments. Despite publicly opposing the development, the state approved it and in doing so, ignored more than 150 public submissions against the application.
Write to the State Development and Planning Minister, Cameron Dick Tell him you are dissatisfied with the State’s actions.
Write to our local member, Joan Pease. Joan Pease publicly opposed the application. Ask her to convey your disappointment to the State Government offices that approved the application.
Urge the council to keep fighting on our behalf. Write to:
Anglicare and Village Retirement Group want to build 103 units in six storey towers at heritage listed Lota house. The community supports more aged care beds. We do not support upmarket high-rise.
Please contact BAG if you have any further questions. We will keep you up to date with emails as the court case proceeds.