OCEAN VILLAGE PLANS REJECTED
DEVELOPER Tom Galopoulos has been forced to return to the drawing board after the Town of Cambridge rejected his plans to build a six- storey apartment building as part of a bigger upgrade to the Ocean Village Local Centre.
In 2007, the council gave approval for a four- storey building with nine apartments to be built at the City Beach site.
But earlier this year, Mr Galopolous submitted amendments to the plans to include a six-storey building offering 24 apartments, additional parking bays, a landscaped courtyard and a restaurant, which was subsequently rejected by the council at last month’s meeting.
Mr Galopolous said he was keen to continue works at the site, which had been halted for more than a year and had already cost more than $1 million.
“I wanted to revitalise the whole area so I decided to renovate the existing shopping centre and change the design of the new apartment building to include smaller units, lifts and security to better suit older residents in the area,” he said.
“We have got no complaints with anyone, we just want to get it going.”
But the council said the scale of the proposed development was not in fitting with the existing streetscape and character of City Beach.
“The Town’s City Beach Precinct Policy does not specify a maximum building height limit for the Local Centre zones in City Beach,” chief executive officer Jason Buckley said.
“What the policy does require is that the bulk and scale of buildings is to not exceed a 0.5:1 maximum plot ratio and that any new developments to be of low scale, to reflect the original scale of retail development.”
Mr Buckley said 35 submissions were received objecting to the development for a variety of reasons.
“In this instance, there were no new recommendations put to the developer, the application was refused.
“To progress the development, the applicant will need to submit a new planning application for consideration,” he said.
“Any new submission would need to follow the normal planning process which would include public advertising, technical assessment and a determination by council.”
Mr Galopoulos is now in the process of consulting with architects to redesign the development.