Creek vil­lage re­fusal faces court chal­lenge

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - CAMP­BELL GELLIE camp­[email protected]

A DE­VEL­OPER is tak­ing the Gold Coast City Coun­cil to court for its re­fusal to ap­prove a 352-unit life­style re­sort on prime land back­ing on to a renowned wa­ter­way.

GemLife has filed an ap­peal to the Plan­ning En­vi­ron­ment Court hop­ing to over­turn the Gold Coast City Coun­cil de­ci­sion to knock back the pro­ject.

GemLife wants to build an am­bi­tious re­tire­ment vil­lage back­ing on to the Cur­rumbin Creek from Galleon Way.

The block is the only un­de­vel­oped land with just a few homes on the road along with the cricket pitches and touch fields next door.

The coun­cil re­fused the ap­pli­ca­tion early last month be­cause the pro­ject did not pro­tect na­tive wet­lands and en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive ar­eas along­side the creek. De­vel­op­ers filed an ap­peal against the de­ci­sion on De­cem­ber 18.

The de­vel­oper says the rea­sons for the re­fusal should not be an is­sue.

“The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment will not cause, in­crease or have cu­mu­la­tive po­ten­tial to cause or in­crease the risks and or haz­ards as­so­ci­ated with flood­ing,” the claim reads.

“The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment will not un­ac­cept­ably im­pact upon the re­ten­tion and en­hance­ment of nat­u­ral land­scape ar­eas.”

If suc­cess­ful, the re­tire­ment vil­lage will trans­form that area in Cur­rumbin Wa­ters with 352 apart­ments.

The de­vel­op­ment would have 16 build­ings, four two­s­torey build­ings fac­ing Galleon Way and 12 dis­trib­uted through­out the site, all three storeys in height.

“The ar­chi­tec­ture of the build­ings is of con­tem­po­rary sub­trop­i­cal de­sign in­cor­po­rat­ing large over­hangs with sub­tle vari­a­tions in ex­ter­nal aes­thetic cre­ated through colour, ma­te­ri­als and fen­es­tra­tion/ screen­ing,” the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion reads.

The re­tire­ment vil­lage will be for able, in­de­pen­dent peo­ple who would be able to take ad­van­tage of GemLife’s in-home do­mes­tic ser­vices, nurs­ing, home main­te­nance and al­lied health.

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