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Seven Storey Simon strikes suburbs

By Kerces 17 August 2005 25

Zed Seselja has put out a press release about Simon Corbell’s varying the Territory Plan to allow a seven-storey development in Deakin.

This is despite the Planning and Environment Committee, which includes some of Mr Corbell’s own Labor colleagues, recommending only three to five storeys in the area.

The Planning Minister has also apparently ignored a petition of 450 Deakin residents opposing the proposed development on the Embassy Motel site.

Basically this is a fairly ordinary complaining presser, but I do like Zed’s new nickname for Corbell: Seven Storey Simon. More poetic than Earring Boy I think, and rather appropriate given his recent spate of high rise approvals.

(The Libs were getting poetic today, with Jacqui Burke also telling us all is not well at Ainslie Village)

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Chris 3:36 pm 22 Sep 05

Someone should tell Simon that ‘recommendations’ and ‘occur’ are Basic Spelling (especially if you’re an ACT MLA) also that a seven storey construction would not be in the best interests of the denizens of the Diplomatic Quarter (a sniper would have a field day potting the occupants of DCs licence plated vehicles from that seventh storey. Has someone notified the feds ?

Maelinar 1:05 pm 06 Sep 05

Simon, do you or do you not have responsibility over policy regarding maximum height as set out within the land use policies ?

Yes or No would be fine, but I’ll understand if you want to talk around the subject a little.

Maelinar 12:32 pm 22 Aug 05

Have we hit a nerve Simon ?

We can’t play Simon Says without Simon.

Is realistic and unbiased public opinion a little bit too hard to fathom ?

Thumper 3:39 pm 19 Aug 05

I was of the opinion that you wanted to have a seven storey building whereas the NCA and your consultative committee did not want such a height. is this correct?

As well, I can appreciate that the site in question looks like a derelict suburb of Belfast and development could only be of benefit to the area and to Canberra as a whole.

Maelinar 3:38 pm 19 Aug 05

So you are effectively saying that there is not one single item covering maximum height in the ACT Government land use policies ?

Just what kind of policies are we talking about, because I would have assumed that a policy governing height would have been right up there in my own priority books.

I just cannot accept that there is no ACT Government land use policy governing height restrictions. For starters it opens you up to civil negligence charges when buildings happen to fall over because they are too tall.

You might want to have a quick meeting to rustle something up Simon before this one gets out of hand. I’ve got two words to say to you.

Risk Assessment.

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