Sec­ond tick for tower plans

Stirling Times - - News - FIRST RE­PORTED AT Com­mu­ni­tynews

PRO­POSED high-rise tow­ers for Scar­bor­ough have been given a sec­ond tick of ap­proval.

The Scar­bor­ough Land Re­de­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee is rec­om­mend­ing the Metropoli­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity board ap­prove Chi­nese de­vel­oper 3 Oceans’ de­vel­op­ment at the cor­ner of West Coast High­way and Scar­bor­ough Beach Road.

It fol­lows a plan­ning as­sess­ment re­port re­leased by the MRA on June 12, which also rec­om­mended ap­proval of the re­vised ap­pli­ca­tion.

The com­mit­tee heard dep­u­ta­tions last week, which in­cluded five in sup­port and 20 against the plan, as well as a 1400-sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion re­quest­ing re­jec­tion.

Stir­ling Mayor Mark Ir­win and the ap­pli­cant also made dep­u­ta­tions, and Cr Ir­win said de­vel­op­ment should be sup­ported to re­alise the City’s vi­sion of turn­ing Scar­bor­ough into an in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion.

“If ap­proved, the re­de­vel­op­ment would present an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for all par­ties to work to­gether to re­solve traf­fic man­age­ment is­sues and im­prove road net­works in the area,” he said.

A re­port by the com­mit­tee said there had been im­prove­ments made since 3 Oceans’ pre­vi­ous pro­posal, in­clud­ing that it achieved de­sign ex­cel­lence, re­duced the gross floor area and amount of park­ing while main­tain­ing pub­lic park­ing, com­plied with the Scar­bor­ough de­vel­op­ment poli­cies and pro­vided “mul­ti­ple com­mu­nity ben­e­fits”.

It ar­gued the vi­sion for Scar­bor­ough un­der the plan­ning scheme was re­lated to mix of uses, in­clud­ing high-den­sity res­i­den­tial and tourism, and ameni­ties of the area rather than build­ing form or height.

One of the main con­cerns for op­po­nents is the height of the tow­ers, at 43 storeys and 33 storeys.

The plan­ning frame­work only al­lows for a max­i­mum height of 12 storeys, with dis­cre­tion for the MRA to ap­prove up to 18 storeys where there are com­mu­nity ben­e­fits.

But the com­mit­tee be­lieved the “high-qual­ity re­la­tion­ship be­tween the podium lev­els and the sur­round­ing pub­lic realm, to­gether with views through the site due to the more slen­der tower forms, out­weighed the po­ten­tial im­pacts such as early-morn­ing over­shad­ow­ing of the beach fore­shore”.

Se­ri­ous traf­fic, trans­port and park­ing con­cerns were raised by City of Stir­ling, Main Roads and Depart­ment of Trans­port but it was con­sid­ered these, along with servicing and load­ing is­sues, could be re­solved through ap­proval con­di­tions at the work­ing draw­ing stage.

It also noted there were sev­eral out­stand­ing de­sign is­sues that would need to be “proac­tively re­solved” to main­tain the “de­sign ex­cel­lence”.

The MRA board is the ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion maker, and will de­cide whether to ap­prove the project at a meet­ing to­day.

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