Footbridge missing from 43-storey Scarborough development plans

A footbridge over congested Scarborough Beach Road was missing from developer's plans.
A footbridge over congested Scarborough Beach Road was missing from developer's plans.

PLANS for the 43-storey Scarborough development are out for public comment, but a footbridge discussed during public consultations was not included due to planning “complexities”.

Developer 3 Oceans Property made a commitment of $2.5 million for the construction of the bridge which would provide a crossing over congested Scarborough Beach Road but later stated a separate development application was needed.

3 Oceans managing director Dyno Zhang said a particular concern for the local community was a West Coast Highway crossing.

“We continue to progress our plans for the pedestrian bridge through discussions with the various key stakeholders,” he said.

“While our development application makes specific provision for bridge, due to the significant complexities involved in the planning and approval process, a separate process is required for its implementation.”

MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella said a footbridge did not form part of the development application that the MRA was assessing.

“The MRA acknowledges challenges associated with the Scarborough Beach Road and West Coast Highway intersection and will continue to encourage development that promotes walking, cycling and improve street-level linkages to the beachfront as outlined in the Scarborough Mater Plan,” he said.

Plans for the final development are open for public comment until July 4 on the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s (MRA) website and a decision is expected by September .

The plans include:

– 43 and 30 storey twin towers
– 165 room hotel
– 320 residential apartments
– 350 bay public car park

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