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Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to subsection 229B (7)—Statement regarding exercise of call-in powers—Development application No 200500007—Block 3 Section 30, City, dated 30 June 2005.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, on 30 May 2005 I directed under section 229A of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 that the ACT Planning and Land Authority refer to me development application No 200500007. This notifiable instrument was notified on the ACT legislation register. On 30 June this year, I approved the application using my powers under section 229B of the land act.

This application sought approval for the construction of a six-storey building for the Australian National University to provide for student accommodation and associated ground floor uses on part block 3 section 30 city. In deciding the application, I gave careful consideration to the compliance of the development with the goals of the City West master plan, the loss of the existing car park, the potential impact of the proposed development on the existing Street Theatre and the opportunity for a City West arts precinct and how the development will assist in this regard.

I have imposed conditions on the approval that require a crown lease to be obtained over part of block 3 section 30 in the city and the development to be revised to improve the street front activation, the provision of breakout spaces and the provision of continuous awnings along the Childers Street frontage. I have required the use of revised materials and colour pallet with an aim to further enliven the development. I have also required appropriate noise attenuation measures and the assessment of potential wind effects.

This proposal is consistent with the requirements of the territory plan. I have used my call-in powers in this instance because I consider the proposal has a substantial effect on the achievement of objectives of the territory plan in respect of the Civic centre. The particular criteria in the land act, subsection 229B (2), is that the minister may consider the application if, in the minister’s opinion, the application seeks approval for a development that may have a substantial effect on the achievement or development of objectives of the territory plan. This proposal significantly contributes to maintaining and promoting the Civic centre as the main commercial centre for Canberra and the region.

Section 229B of the land act specifies that, if I decide an application, I must table a statement in the Assembly within three sitting days of the decision. As required by the act, and for the benefit of members, I have tabled a statement providing a description of the development, details of the land on where the development is proposed to take place, the name of the applicant, details of my decision and the grounds for the decision. I have also tabled the advice of the ACT Planning and Land Council on this matter.

Exercise of call-in powers—blocks 1 and 2 section 89 city

Paper and statement by minister

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

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