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Planning approval to redevelop Downer

Mick Gentleman

MICK Gentleman says the Territory Plan variation (DV 322) for the former Downer Primary School site has been approved and tabled.

The variation proposes to rezone the old school site from community use to medium density residential with some limited community and commercial use.

“The site is well proportioned and of sufficient size to accommodate higher density residential redevelopment. It is well separated from the surrounding low density residential areas by a band of heritage registered trees which ring the site, fronting Melba, Bradfield and Frencham Streets,” Mick said.

“The redevelopment of the site will allow urban renewal in the area, bringing benefits to the Downer community and surrounding suburbs.

“The proposal will support the Downer shopping centre which has lain dormant for some time.

“The community consultation on the draft variation attracted 21 submissions. Overall, it appeared that there was general support for the redevelopment to occur, with issues focussed around height, density, parking and traffic being main concerns.

“Provisions to guide re-development of the site have been introduced into the Downer suburb precinct code. The provisions include details of the subdivision pattern, building heights, offsite works, and controls on the commercial and community uses on the land. Following community consultation on the draft variation further controls were introduced to better manage the future development of the site.

“The variation also changes the zoning of block 16 from CZ4 local centre zone to community facility zone, to reflect the use of the site, currently a community centre.

“The school closed in 1988 and was used as office accommodation for a range of organisations until it was demolished last year.

“There has been consultation with the Downer community about the use of the site since 2011. The views of the community have helped guide how the site will be developed. The proposed developer, CHC Affordable Housing, has been working with the community to develop a concept proposal which is viable, sustainable and respects the local amenity,” Minister Gentleman concluded.

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