Adelaide City Council knocks back development on old Dreamland site
by: STEVE RICE From: The Advertiser December 19, 2011 10:54PM
A $35 MILLION retail and apartment building proposed for the former Dreamland bedding store site in the city has been rejected by Adelaide City Council.
The council's Development Assessment Panel said the 17-storey multi-use building, consisting of underground and above ground parking, ground floor retail and 259 apartments, was "too high and too bulky" for the Grote St site.
However, the panel's decision could be overturned by the Development Assessment Commission, which has the final say on developments.
In its report, the panel chose not to support the development because it exceeded the maximum 40m building height for the area by 11.5m and created a shortfall of 34 spaces for resident parking.
The report said the building's height, bulk, scale and mass did not meet the area's mixed use zone policy.
Councillor Anne Moran said the panel unanimously voted against the proposal because of non-complying internal and external elements.
Ms Moran said the panel was concerned about the lack of cross-ventilation and the number of rooms that did not have access to sunlight.
However, she said the panel was supportive of some of the building's architectural elements and that the development was "certainly not like some of the student accommodation proposals, which were appalling".
Councillor Sandy Wilkinson said the building needed to be set back above the third storey to create a podium effect.
Howie wrote:Quite embarassed by some of the decisions by the ACC DAP of late. There would be buildings taller in the suburbs (holdfast, west lakes, mawson lakes) if the DAC didn't step in, when will they realise we're in the 21st century.
Waewick wrote:Howie wrote:Quite embarassed by some of the decisions by the ACC DAP of late. There would be buildings taller in the suburbs (holdfast, west lakes, mawson lakes) if the DAC didn't step in, when will they realise we're in the 21st century.
I actually think this may be deliberate to get some friction between the ACC and the DAP.
I think what the councilors are misunderstanding is that the general public - and the end users of Adelaide are so sick ofthe council that most people I talk too want the council disbanded - or atleast merged.
crawf wrote:The concerning part is most of the general public probably still believe the ACC has the final say
Ben wrote:The DAC are expected to approve this building at Thursday's meeting.
Reb-L wrote:Ben wrote:The DAC are expected to approve this building at Thursday's meeting.
Hope this is right - where'd we be without the DAC?
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