Apart­ment dwellers see life­style threat­ened

Stirling Times - - News -

A GROUP of Scar­bor­ough res­i­dents say a pro­posed 12storey de­vel­op­ment will im­pact their life­style and in­crease Brighton Road traf­fic con­ges­tion.

Res­i­dents from CeVue apart­ments, across the road from the pro­posed 12-storey Cape Bou­vard de­vel­op­ment, said they were told the de­vel­op­ment would have a max­i­mum height of eight floors when they bought their prop­er­ties off the plan seven years ago.

But re­cent changes to plan­ning frame­works could al­low for up to 12 storeys in the area.

The group has col­lected al­most 300 sig­na­tures for a pe­ti­tion, which has been re­ceived by the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MRA), about the de­vel­op­ment on the cor­ner of Brighton Road and The Es­planade.

Res­i­dent Freda Kru­pe­nia said the group was con­cerned the de­vel­op­ment would im­pact the life­style they had in­vested in.

“The carpark en­try pro­posed from Brighton Road will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact to the al­ready heavy traf­fic flow; cur­rently there are eight en­try and ex­its on the 300m road length, which is tight,” she said.

“When com­bined with the ex­ter­nal traf­fic, es­pe­cially in peak times, this will in­crease con­ges­tion.

“The res­i­den­tial carpark en­try should be from The Es­planade to min­imise con­ges­tion.”

MRA chief ex­ec­u­tive Kieran Kin­sella said a new “flex­i­ble plan­ning frame­work” had been in­tro­duced in late 2016 which al­lowed for in­creases in height limit for mixed-use de­vel­op­ments which pro­vided ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity such as public park­ing and sus­tain­able de­sign.

He said the Cape Bou­vard pro­posal fea­tured 37 res­i­den­tial apart­ments and two ground-floor com­mer­cial ten­an­cies for hos­pi­tal­ity use.

Cape Bou­vard de­vel­op­ment man­ager Tris­tan Cribb said the com­pany was aware of the pe­ti­tion and had a long his­tory of pos­i­tive com­mu­nity en­gage­ment in the Scar­bor­ough beach­front area, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing the CeVue and Quest apart­ments built over 10 lev­els on the cor­ner of Brighton Road and The Es­planade.

“Our ar­chi­tects have al­ready im­ple­mented a num­ber of de­sign changes in con­sul­ta­tion with the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Author­ity,” Mr Cribb said.

“We look for­ward to get­ting fur­ther feed­back from the MRA now that the public com­ment phase of the ap­proval process is over.”

Mr Cribb said the pri­vacy of north-fac­ing apart­ments and drive­way ac­cess to the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment were im­por­tant plan­ning con­sid­er­a­tions.

“The site lo­ca­tion is con­ve­niently off-set from the south-fac­ing CeVue apart­ments and the deep bal­conies and ex­ten­sive screen­ing max­imises pri­vacy for ad­join­ing prop­erty own­ers,” he said.

“The build­ing’s de­sign­ers also ap­plied the MRA’s pol­icy for liv­ing ar­eas and bal­conies to be fac­ing on to the street to ac­ti­vate Brighton Road and The Es­planade.”

Mr Kin­sella said a de­ci­sion was ex­pected this year and would con­sider the pe­ti­tion and com­mu­nity and stake­holder com­ments.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473360

Freda Kru­pe­nia has started a pe­ti­tion af­ter the de­vel­op­ers of the apart­ments across the road ap­plied for 12 storeys.

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