Redland City Council approval on Cleveland Railway Station 124 unit development invalid

PLANS for the Cleveland Railway Station development have stalled ... for now.

ON HOLD: Cr Peter Mitchell wants to "call in" any future development application for the Cleveland Railway Station to be decided and negotiated on by the full council.

ON HOLD: Cr Peter Mitchell wants to "call in" any future development application for the Cleveland Railway Station to be decided and negotiated on by the full council.

The controversial 124 apartment development quietly got the go-ahead from Redland City Council at the end of January, however the developers have gone back to the drawing board.

Residents have met with town planners and Cr Peter Mitchell on the project.

The development application was granted preliminary approval at a council meeting in January 2017 providing the developer adjusted plans to save a eucalyptus tree at the front of the station and provide sufficient parking for units.

As this is a code assessable development application, public notification was not required during the application.

"It seems that the officers decision to issue an approval on the train station development is likely invalid," Cr Mitchell said.

A council spokesman confirmed the January application amended the design, including relocating its coffee shop in order to retain the eucalyptus tree.

But it has since become clear that the new location for the shop is on a different piece of land.

"This changed location requires express permission from the state government, as the land owner, which was not received by council. The development cannot progress without owner consent," the council spokesman said.

Cr Mitchell said he was signalling his intention to call in any future development application to be decided and negotiated on by the full council.

Council candidate Callen Sorensen-Karklis has been vocal on Cleveland parking issues.

"People want better consultation, less over-development, and don't want to lose more car parking in Cleveland which is becoming a real issue," he said.

"I would suggest that the next council find a suitable spot for multilevel car parking and work with the state government to leave the Park 'n Ride train station parking alone," he said.

Cr Mitchell said a new development application was likely needed to trigger the call in.

"This offers a welcome second bite at the key issue of parking availability and maybe more," he said.

"A more engaged and co-ordinated, state multi-agency agency involvement for planning, transport, tourism and industry interests at the site is needed and would be welcomed by me for superior community outcomes."