According to a report published by The Advertiser, the State Parliament’s Environment, Resources and Development Committee has granted approval for the rezoning of the former Glenside Hospital. The greenlight for the high-rise housing came despite strong opposition from the local community. The committee permitted the planning changes that would allow buildings up to 8 levels to be developed on the 17ha site. Various groups expressed their concerns. These included the Help Save The Glenside Hospital Trees convener Barry Barber and Adelaide Central School of Art chief executive Ingrid Kellenbach. They also opposed the plan of Cedar Woods to cut 83 regulated trees so that their site would be free from remediation.
David Pisoni, Liberal MP, also voiced his concerns with regards to open space and traffic problems in the roads of Greenhill and Fullarton once the site is developed into a home estate with 1000 residences over the next decade. However, planning changes were given permission to move forward since the committee, which is made up of Labor MPs Eddie Hughes and Tung Ngo, the Liberals’ Michelle Lensink and Stephen Griffiths and Greens leader Mark Parnell, did not voice any objection.
As expected, Barry Barber was disappointed as he had hoped that it would be denied. He wanted the current planning rules to take effect so the developers could only build up to 600 homes. This, he said, would lead to more trees to be saved. Mark Parnell decried the proposed changes but was outvoted and had no choice but to agree. He said the Liberals made a mockery of their save the trees campaign but allowing the rezoning.
Meanwhile, Pisoni said voting against it would not result to anything good. He said he did not like the sale of Glenside hospital but the redevelopment would benefit his community. Meanwhile, the application of Cedar Woods to cut down 83 trees is expected to be considered by the Development Assessment Commission.
The land surrounding the Glenside Hospital site near the CBD was sold to Cedar Woods Properties Limited last year for $25.8 million. The proceeds of the sale would help finance a new mental health facility in the area. Cedar Woods’ project is expected to create 450 full time jobs over the construction period of 10 years. According to the proposal, all heritage buildings will be kept in place once the construction work commences as early as October if approved. The site would be located two kilometers from south-east of the CBD. Minister for Housing and Urban Development Stephen Mullighansaid that once the project is finished, it would offer a balance between open spaces and affordable homes near the city. Starfish Developments was another developer that were chosen as preferred proponents for the development the waterfront land in Port Adelaide. It will be made into a residential, commercial, and tourist destination. These major investments were seen as an increase in confidence in the area and could help the port to have a brighter future.