Scarborough: MRA gives 3 Oceans’ twin towers development green light

Scarborough: MRA gives 3 Oceans’ twin towers development green light

UPDATE: Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin says a working group has been established to address traffic and transport issues around the Iconic Scarborough development.

The State Government has tasked representatives from the City, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Main Roads, Department of Transport, Department of Planning and Public Transport Authority with improving the transport network and access to the redevelopment area.

Cr Irwin said it presented an “excellent opportunity to address issues and support the City’s aim to create a light rail network from Glendalough station to Scarborough Beach.

“The first task of the working group will be to develop a comprehensive independent transport assessment to fully understand the impact of future development across the Scarborough Redevelopment Area,” he said.

This will allow the group to consider options that accommodate current and future transport and access requirements for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport, private vehicles and other movements in the area.”


EARLIER: THE Scarborough skyline is set to drastically change with the approval of 3 Oceans’ twin towers development.

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority board last week approved the 43-storey and 33-storey buildings, after rejecting the Chinese developer’s previous proposal in December.

At the time, it said inconsistency with the Scarborough Redevelopment Scheme objectives, detrimental traffic impact, height above the permitted 12 storeys and lack of quality design were the reasons for refusal.

The company, owned by Hebei Qianjin Steel Group and wealthy Chinese entrepreneur Xibo Ma, entered mediation with the MRA and its design mediation panel this year.

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Following its revised application submitted in March, the MRA and Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committee found it demonstrated “design excellence”, the floor space and parking spaces had reduced, and it provided “multiple community benefits” including a five-star green rating, four-star hotel and public parking.

MRA chairman George McCullagh said the development aligned with the “long-term vision and objectives for Scarborough” so discretion regarding additional height was appropriate.

“Developments of this nature inevitably divide public opinion, and… the board gave due consideration to the broad range of views from residents, business, visitors and tourists,” he said.

“It was clear that the revised proposal attracted greater community support with new cultural and dining options and tourist amenities, as well as an increase in diversity of residential products for new and existing residents.”

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The revised plan was described as delivering improved local amenity at street level, greater view corridors and public benefits above and beyond the criteria for the bonus height to 18 storeys.

Mr McCullagh said the developer would be required to “continue proactive and regular engagement to address development conditions and milestones”.

Some of the issues raised during public consultation, including traffic congestion and overshadowing of the beach, have been incorporated into approval conditions.