Aged care tower: Changes proposed
CLAREMONT councillors want proponents of an eight-storey tower for aged care to take residents’ objections on board, reduce it by two floors and not seek approval for the higher building at the State Administrative Tribunal.
At the council last month, Mt Claremont’s St Louis Estate sought approval of a master plan for 75 new aged care homes, comprising the high-rise and 11 other buildings from two to four storeys on Dean and Albert streets to be built during 2019 to 2027.
Council staff had obtained concessions from the designers including minor alterations to the buildings’ sizes and changes to the project’s central precinct hosting the high-rise, but a waiver on the heights had also been given.
Most of 28 neighbouring residents who opposed or objected to the masterplan were at the meeting.
They were against the tower’s height, an allegedly inadequate plan to manage traffic in either streets, the new homes having only one bay, overshadowing and building bulk, and an R40 zoning allowing for a 0.6 plot ratio and not the 0.8 in the plan.
“This will forever change the character of the historic Claremont Hill precinct for all time,” Albert Street resident Carol Rossiter said.
St Louis Estate representative Ed Wilson said there would be underground parking, the homes were needed for an ageing population and there would be greater open space.
Councillors were concerned residents were not aware how other projects have avoided the council’s reduced planning powers, including spot zoning of five storeys near Loch Street and a Scotch College building that took nine minutes, 47 seconds to be decided at an unelected development assessment panel.
Staff said that if St Louis was unsatisfied with lower heights and a changed plot ration, the masterplan could go to the SAT and despite the potential for mediation talks before any hearing the concessions could be lost.
St Louis and residents are now considering the changes.