Objection to proposed 4 storey high density residential development in Durham Street Coorparoo

Principal Petitioner Anna Bagshaw, Coorparoo
Date Closed Wed, 03 Sep 2014 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 33 signatures

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PROPOSED Development Application #003896338 at 7, 9, 11, 15 Durham St, Coorparoo

We would like to raise our concerns against the proposal of a high density residential development in a quiet street - on lots 7, 9, 11 & 15 Durham Street, Coorparoo. The proposal is to remove four character houses built before 1946, combine the four lots into two larger ones and then build two four-storey apartment blocks in two stages, with a total of 44 units. If this DA is allowed to go ahead, it will destroy the streetscape and cause negative impacts on surrounding properties. Our objection to this proposed development is based on the following issues:

  • The existing houses that the DA is proposing to remove are four pre-1946 character houses in a row. They are in good condition and are the dominant streetscape. The proposed development will irreparably damage the streetscape.
  • The proposed development does not comply with the requirements of the old City Plan 2000 nor the new City Plan 2014.
  • The proposed development conflicts with the Desired Environmental Outcomes and Elements of the City in the superseded planning scheme. In addition, the sites are not identified in the strategic plan as a current or future growth node or corridor.
  • There is no precedent for a development this large in our area.We note in response to an information request to their application, on the 8 August 2014, the DA applicant has claimed that 12 Durham Street is an example of an existing four-storey multi unit dwelling in the area. This is incorrect, 12 Durham Street is three-storeys and there are NO four-storey apartment buildings in the surrounding streets. The dominant building type on Durham Street is character housing. Furthermore, the apartment types that exist already are a mixture of two and three storeys only, whereas this proposal will see four-storeys built. This is a full storey higher than permissible under both planning schemes.
  • If this high density development is allowed to proceed, the dominant building type in the street will be multi-storey unit dwellings with only two character houses remaining in the street, one of which (2 Durham Street) was recently altered to become a multi unit dwelling within the existing building.
  • A development of this kind will increase (potentially double the amount of) vehicular traffic in the street, and will increase the following existing traffic issues:
    • Parking & safety issues for the Coorparoo Uniting Church as well as Church Hall user groups.
    • On-street parking and congestion. (44 units with the potential of at least two cars per unit could mean 88 cars requiring parking in and around Durham Street as the proposal does not provide enough on-site parking for the potential level of vehicles that will be owned by residents living in these units). 
  • Currently York and Durham Streets are already used for parking by Coorparoo Uniting Church groups during the week and weekends. These same streets are also used for parking by local surrounding residents including the unit complex at 255A Cavendish Road (the tenants from this complex do not have enough parking onsite and use York Street for overnight parking). 
  • This increased commuting traffic will require access from York and Derby Streets onto Cavendish Road , and may require BCC to consider costly traffic lights being installed in one or both currently quiet streets of Coorparoo.

This development comes at the cost of important historical houses and potentially decreases the value of properties surrounding it. And this development will double the traffic and parking and therefore directly affect the quality of life of ratepayers, citizens and the surrounding community users of the Coorparoo Uniting Church. If the removal of these historical houses is allowed to go ahead and directly impact the streetscape and suburb, it would also set a dangerous precedent for other historical houses in the area. This high density development should not be approved, and these houses should be protected and should remain protected in Durham Street.