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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3508 ..

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

(1) Yes, the sewer mains servicing this development are adequate. This development is serviced by its own sewer main which according to ACTEW Corporation's records is only flowing, in peak conditions, at between 30% and 50% of its capacity and is therefore more than adequate to service this development. According to ACTEW's records there have never been any problems with the sewer mains serving the Grange.

(2) This question is really a matter for the Land and Planning Appeals Board, but as far as I am aware the information given by the developer has been accepted as accurate.

(3) The lease for this block was granted via a direct sale. The lessee paid $500,000.00 which reflected the current market value of the site at the date of grant. John Hindmarsh, on behalf of ACT Retirement Services Pty Limited, sought a site for a retirement village in 1982. This application predated the departmental policy of 1983 which determined that the Department would publicly release all commercial aged persons units.

(4) The current total floor area of the development is in the order of 14,000 square metres. The original development proposal was the subject of a National Capital Development Commission Policy Plan Implementation Plan dated September 1988, which referred to a "Development site for up to 85 Aged Persons' Units, serviced apartment/hostel building, community facilities, outdoor recreation areas". There was no other quantification given in terms of the total floor area of the development, either in the Policy Plan Implementation Plan or in the subsequent lease granted over the site in 1989. It does not appear that the scale or nature of the development has changed significantly from that referred to in the 1988 Policy Plan Implementation Plan. It should also be noted that the Land and Planning Appeals Board in its Statement of Reasons (Appeal no. AA0101/94) dated 28 April 1995, a copy of which is attached, found in paragraph (m) that "the claim by appellants that the proposal is an over-development of the site cannot be proven".

(5) The plot ratio of the development is now in the order of 0.7. The floor area of the proposed development and the plot ratio were not part of the original lease and development conditions or other relevant planning controls. No detailed calculations of the development size and plot ratio have been made. However, as indicated above, it does not appear that the scale of development has changed significantly from the original proposal.

(6) Three storey development is permissible in the eastern part of the site. That area is now to contain a three storey building incorporating nine self care units, replacing eight units in two storey buildings as shown in the original lease and development conditions. The other 74 self care units are in two storey buildings.

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