West Village development design approved

The New South Wales Government has approved the $800 million West Village development on the Absoe site in Brisbane’s West End.

New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad, said the key inner city site will be home to a new world class development.

“This is a significant urban renewal project that will create thousands of jobs and it was vitally important that we got the planning right,” Ms Trad said.

“I received more than 700 submissions from the community and stakeholders during the proposed call-in period, with the majority supporting a call-in and desiring a better urban design outcome.

“It was obvious there were significant state interests involved with the development including its economic significance, environmental factors, housing supply, liveable communities and ensuring that there is an effective and accountable planning and development assessment system.”

“It was for these reasons I made the decision to call the West Village development in.”

Ms Trad said her reassessment of the application was based on planning merit alone.

“As is standard practice, government officers entered discussions with the developer for the West Village call-in on a range of issues including public space and built form,” Ms Trad said.

“We understood that we had the opportunity to create a world class urban renewal project for this 2.6ha inner city site and I am confident that based on the expert planning advice I’ve received and by applying conditions to the development we have been able to achieve this outcome.

“West Village will help set the new benchmark for urban renewal developments in Brisbane and ensure they are set to the standards of a world class city.”

The key conditions of approval for the site include:

  • A doubling in publicly accessible green space, including two major areas of open space, one fronting Boundary Street and one fronting Mollison Street
  • Reduction in overall site cover from the 95 per cent approved by BCC to 80 per cent
  • Fewer overall apartments, with a maximum of 1250 apartments
  • 30 per cent of the site to be designated as 24 hour publicly accessible open space, laneways and arcades
  • Ensuring that the public space fronting Boundary Street will be delivered within six months of occupation of any apartments on site – including those already approved
  • The retention and re-use of two local heritage buildings and prohibiting construction of additional residential on top of heritage buildings
  • Seven buildings above the podium, ranging from eight to 22 storeys in height – with an improved design outcome achieved through the transition of building heights across the site
  • Safe and accessible pedestrian and cyclist linkages through the site
  • An internal private street providing access to the development and providing pedestrian and cyclist access between Mollison Street and Little Jane Street
  • The provision of community uses including a childcare centre and public art space
  • The requirement for development to achieve a 5 star green rating
  • Fewer car parking spaces and the provision of a car share scheme and electric parking stations
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