BARRACKS DECISION PAVES THE WAY FOR CONSTRUCTION TO START : BLIGH

The Deputy Premier has approved the Property Solutions (Australia) Pty Ltd development application for the former Police Barracks site at Petrie Terrace in accordance with the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA).

Ms Bligh said the decision supports the Brisbane City Council's approval of the project and paves the way for construction to commence on the development without further delay.

The $120 million mixed-use development includes commercial offices, supermarket, cinema, specialty retail and underground car parking.

"After completing a reassessment of the called in application, in accordance with IPA I have decided to approve the application subject to conditions," Ms Bligh said.

"The Barracks site is pivotal to improving the attractiveness and liveability of the City West area, a goal supported by both the State Government and Council. The development will revitalise the Barracks Precinct through the redevelopment of the derelict buildings and the construction of new commercial and entertainment facilities that will harmonise with the existing commercial and entertainment character of the precinct.

"The development also provides improved pedestrian connectivity between the precinct and the Brisbane CBD through the development of a pedestrian walkway from Caxton Street to Roma Street. The construction of this walkway is the final link in providing the community infrastructure associated with the Suncorp Stadium Redevelopment and provides a much needed pedestrian connection between the CBD and the Stadium."

The decision has been welcomed by the Member for Mt Coot-tha, Andrew Fraser.

"As both the local member and Minister for Sport, I'm delighted the long awaited walkway will become a reality at last. For too long the barracks have been a blight and today is a great day for the community," he said.

The redevelopment of the barracks' site coincided with the construction, by the Inner Northern Busway Alliance, of part of the Caxton Street to Roma Street pedestrian walkway.

Ms Bligh said that the development conditions attached to the approval reflect the local planning requirements set by the Brisbane City Council.

"I am satisfied that the proposed development complies with established regional and local planning intentions for the site in accordance with Council's planning documents and the relevant state and regional planning requirements."

The call-in followed the lodging of an appeal in the Planning and Environment Court, against the Brisbane City Council's decision on 14 November 2006 to approve the development application, which would have delayed the commencement of project.

The Deputy Premier's decision notice replaces that issued by the Brisbane City Council on 14 November 2006 and is not subject to appeal.

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