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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3509 ..

Mr Humphries (continuing):

(7) The original concept for the Grange development included a four storey residential building for aged persons. This was agreed to in 1989 by the then Interim Territory Planning Authority, and in accordance with s 12 of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991, the Territory Plan height limit of three storeys for the B1 Area did not affect that decision. This building was to be included in Stage 4 of the development. Following an objector appeal to the Land and Planning Appeals Board, it was agreed that the four storey building nearest the intersection of Hannah Place and Macgregor Street and the pocket park would be reduced to three storeys and contain nine self care units. Plans have been approved for that building. Other buildings in Stage 4 are to contain "serviced apartments", consistent with the 1988 NCDC Policy Plan Implementation Plan, which referred to a "serviced apartment/hostel building". Only one of these buildings now extends to four storeys.

(8) The occupancy entry age has not been reduced from 60 to 55 years. The lease includes a provision that each self care unit shall be occupied by at least one person aged 55 years or over unless otherwise approved in writing by the Commonwealth.

(9) Finding (b) in the Notice of Decision from the Land and Planning Appeals Board states: "A condition is to be added requiring the third party J & R Hindmarsh, in the absence of any jurisdiction of the Heritage Council of the ACT, to consult with the Australian Heritage Commission on the implementation of the Deakin Anticline Conservation Plan to ensure that the development does not, in the opinion of the Commission, unacceptably affect the heritage values of the Anticline and that appropriate access as defined by the Commission is not compromised."

No specific front boundary setbacks were set originally, but the Land and Planning Appeals Board, in its Statement of Reasons (g), found that "Performance Criterion P2.1 of the Territory Plan (relating to front setbacks) was met".

(10) Pursuant to the findings of the Land Planning Appeals Board, a landscape plan for the "Pocket Park" at the corner of Hannah Place and Macgregor Street, was approved on 31 July 1995. The findings also required that the lessee consult with the Australian Heritage Commission concerning the conservation of heritage values of the Deakin Anticline. On 11 July 1995, the commission endorsed proposed changes to the "Deakin Anticline Conservation Plan" and access and interpretation initiatives detailed in a letter to the lessee.

An approved building is currently under construction adjacent to the Pocket Park, and that future building works are yet to occur in the north-eastern section of Block 8 adjacent to the Anticline area. It would be reasonable to expect that landscaping work is most effectively carried out after substantial building work is completed. There is a current agreement to an extension of time to complete building works by January 1999.

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