Sunsets Not Skyscrapers says fight not over against Scarborough towers

Sunsets Not Skyscrapers members Lisa Thornton, Jason Thwaites, Julie Hoypoy, Janet Pettigrew, Neville Hoypoy, Ken Burkin, Nathan Baker and Marg Herring.
Picture: Martin Kennealey d484446
Sunsets Not Skyscrapers members Lisa Thornton, Jason Thwaites, Julie Hoypoy, Janet Pettigrew, Neville Hoypoy, Ken Burkin, Nathan Baker and Marg Herring. Picture: Martin Kennealey d484446

A COMMUNITY group says the fight to stop development of the Scarborough towers is not over.

Sunsets Not Skyscrapers formed in opposition to 3 Oceans’ Iconic Scarborough project, concerned primarily about the height of the buildings at 43 and 33 storeys.

Spokeswoman Janet Pettigrew said the Scarborough Master Plan, designed in consultation with the community two years ago, was designed to ensure projects within the redevelopment area were “in harmony with the natural amenity and the community’s vision for Scarborough Beach”.

“The height limit of 12 storeys is just one of the many factors that are integral to the master plan and which this proposal ignores,” she said.

“The Government is not listening to the community, which has made it clear over many years that this is not a future we want for our beaches. We will continue to fight for a well-planned, environmentally sustainable community at Scarborough.”

She argued the Scarborough Design Guidelines only allowed the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority discretion to approve a bonus height of up to 18 storeys.

“All planning authorities and guidelines have discretionary powers but this is a blatant misuse of these powers and has rendered the planning framework redundant,” she said.

MRA chairman George McCullagh said approval was granted following “rigorous assessment and extensive public engagement”, with public comment sought twice.

“All public comments are reviewed and considered individually. However, MRA’s planning assessment does take into consideration the views of the local and wider community and also how a proposal relates to the local amenity,” he said.

A State Government spokeswoman said the Government had consistent views on density and support for high rise and the Government was “pleased the MRA and developer have been able to co-operate towards an agreeable proposal”.

“The State Government supports development at this site and is pleased the MRA and developer have been able to co-operate towards an agreeable proposal,” she said.

“The project will fuel more jobs and tourism opportunities around the revitalised Scarborough Beach precinct and has the support of the local government.”