Wellington Point development goes ahead, with conditions

COUNCIL have given the go ahead for apartments on Fernbourne Road at Wellington Point on condition the developers increase open space, reduce the units and improve the view from the street.

COMMUNITY: Wellington Point residents Michael Bailey and Peter Rothlisberg with Cr Wendy Boglary on Fernbourne Road, Wellington Point.

COMMUNITY: Wellington Point residents Michael Bailey and Peter Rothlisberg with Cr Wendy Boglary on Fernbourne Road, Wellington Point.

Council gave preliminary approval for the development which was proposed as a 39-unit four-storey building with basement.

The proposal is for two buildings with one, two and three bedroom units at 14.3 metres high.

Three houses would be demolished for the development, which is 150 metres from the Wellington Point train station.

The approval was subject to the building meeting medium density living requirements of one unit per 200 square metres, instead of 108 square metres.

The developers are also required to increase communal open space areas at ground level and change the layout and design to compliment the area.

Cr Wendy Boglary said the decision was a win for the community who had made their concerns about the development known.

“This outcome shows that working together as a community gives us strength,” she said.

Cr Boglary said council’s decision to impose conditions on the development showed resident’s concerns were taken into account.

“I encourage people to get involved when applications are being made. This case shows that the community can have successes.”

Resident Michael Bailey said there had been extensive time and effort by developers and consultants, council officers, councillors and the community.

There were 91 submissions made in response to the developer’s application.

“Ultimately we were very pleased with the extent of the community engagement and extremely encouraged by the overwhelming support of the councillors to provide a preliminary approval, subject to compliance with the Redland Planning Scheme with regard to density, communal space and layout and design,” Mr Bailey said. 

“It is so important that wise planning continues in terms of the Redland City vision statement.”

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