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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (20 June) . . Page.. 2020 ..





Unleased Land - Deakin

Ms Horodny - to ask the Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning - In relation to the open space on the northern side on the corner of Strickland Crescent and Denison Street in Deakin.

(1) Has this public land been transferred into private hands, and if so, what process was followed regarding the issuing and sale of a private lease over this land.

(2) Is there currently an application before the ACT Planning Authority regarding the development of this site. If so, what is the nature of the proposed development and what appeal rights are available for objecting to this application.

Mr Humphries - the answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The unleased Territory land, part Block 90 Section 37 Deakin has been subject to an application under the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991. The applicant sought to vary the boundary of Block 23 Section 37 Deakin to take in part of Block 90. It has been processed and, on 25 March 1996, the applicant was advised that the application had been successful subject to conditions.

Objections were received during the public consultation process. Under the Act these objections were treated as comments and taken into consideration in reaching a decision on the application. The Department is currently awaiting advice from the Australian Valuation Office on whether there is added value arising from the variation and therefore whether betterment is payable by the lessee.

(2) To date, the ACT Planning Authority has not received an application to develop this site. When plans are lodged for a Design and Siting approval, they will be assessed for compliance with the standards of the Territory Plan and the requirements of the lease. If they do comply it may not be necessary to publicly notify the application and appeal rights would not be available to third parties.

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