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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 240..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

368 metres, was granted to provide access to the front of the same building. Scarborough House is used for office accommodation.

The second, a lease over blocks 25, 30, 32, 33 and 38 of section 50 Macquarie was granted to Amarso Pty Ltd on 16 November last year to facilitate the redevelopment of the Jamison group centre in accordance with the Jamison Group Centre master plan.

For the information of members, I also table two other schedules relating to approved lease variations and change of use charge payments received for the same period.

Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991-exercise of call-in powers

Papers and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo-Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to subsection 229B (7)-Statement regarding exercise of call-in powers-Development applications-

No 200502504-Block 1 Section 24 City, dated 14 December 2005.

No 200503275-Block 14 Section 18 Hume, dated 27 January 2006.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: This statement is in relation to the exercise of the two call-in powers that I have just outlined. The first call-in relates to block 1 section 24 City, the former Acton Hotel. On 16 November last year I directed the Planning and Land Authority to refer to me this development application. The application sought approval to vary the purpose clause and gross floor area provisions of the crown lease for block 1 section 24 City and to subdivide the site into two blocks.

On 13 December last year I advised the Planning and Land Authority by notifiable instrument that I had decided to consider the development application, and on 14 December last year I approved the application using my powers under section 229B of the land act. In deciding the application, I gave careful consideration to the issues raised during the consultation period. The key concerns included the proposed building's effect on the heritage, amenity and views of the subject site and surrounding area; the effect of additional parking and traffic; an increase in the number of buildings within the site as a result of the lease variation; and tree removal required by this proposal.

I have imposed conditions on the approval that require the site to be assessed for possible contamination and, if necessary, remediated to the satisfaction of Environment ACT; restrict the area for bank and cooperative society use; require that the lessee shall not, without the previous consent in writing of the territory, remove any tree to which the Tree Protection (Interim Scheme) Act 2000 requires; and require the lessee to pay any change of use charge that may be payable.


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