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    Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Emerald Towers refused for second time

    Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Wednesday, June 14, 2006

    Emerald Towers refused for second time

    Planning Minister Desley Boyle has again refused the development application for the controversial 77-storey EmeraldTower proposed for Brisbane’s CBD.

    EmeraldTower was proposed to be 231 metres high from ground level Queen Street and built on a 1529 square metre block adjoining the heritage-listed Orient Hotel, near the junction of Queen and Ann Streets.

    The EmeraldTower development application was refused in October 2004, however the decision was overturned by the Supreme Court because the State Government had considered State interests, rather than only considering the requirements of Brisbane’s City Plan 2000 in making the decision.

    This time the Government has assessed the application strictly against Brisbane’s City Plan 2000.

    “Reassessment of the EmeraldTower development has shown that if it were to go ahead it would have a negative impact on Brisbane’s CBD, significantly changing the character of that part of Brisbane.

    “The proposed building’s height means it would not blend with the established urban character of that part of the city, significantly impacting on the area’s heritage significance, views to landmark buildings and important City streetscapes.

    “A 77-storey residential building would exacerbate existing site access problems. This particular site could not safely cope with the additional traffic generated by the scale of the development.

    “In completing our assessment of the development proposal we have undertaken a thorough review of the application and sought the input of external specialist consultants.

    “Based on this review, it is my opinion that the development does not meet the requirements of Brisbane’s City Plan 2000.

    “Specifically, the development application does not comply with heritage, traffic and planning requirements for this area.

    “Therefore, I have refused the application for the tower,” Ms Boyle said.

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