A FUTURISTIC Main Beach 47-storey tower including a seven level car stacker has been given the go ahead by the Gold Coast City Council’s planning committee.
But the approval comes with a number of conditions in order to decrease the shadow cast by the new tower.
Council officers asked the width of the tower be decreased by 11m as well as ordered the set back from level two be moved back by 3m.
The conditions of approval were a last-minute addition to the more than 160 unit development and have not been put before developer York Holdings.
Main Beach councillor Gary Baildon expressed concern about a lack of visitor parking at the front of the building.
“I think the requirement of seven car spaces for visitors,” he said.
“It appears they have to go through the ‘clacker stacker’ as well.”
Despite the concerns the development was approved by the planning committee.
The full council will vote on the matter on March 28.
Meanwhile, a decision on a 34-storey Surfers Paradise unit has been delayed for Gold Coast City Council’s planning committee to get more advice on the more than 180 unit development.
The referral was made after council officers had recommended refusal for the Markwell Ave project because it was out of character with the area and the look and design of the podium parking.
The refusal came as a shock as the very same building was approved by council in 2015.
Councillors voted down the refusal, requesting more information about the development and why refusal was being proposed.
Developer MPG Riverview had applied for approval again to change the use to include short-term accommodation as well as long-term residential units.
Surfers Paradise councillor Gary Baildon said he was concerned about the use of podiums in buildings.
“The last thing we want in our city is building that are built right to the boundary otherwise we will end up with wind tunnels and drafts,” he said.
Planning committee chairman Cameron Caldwell moved a motion to have a decision of the development deferred until the next council meeting on March 28.
While the decision on the Surfers Paradise tower has been delayed, the planning committee did give the tick of approval to a more than 280 Varsity Lakes development on the corner of Christine Ave and Bermuda St.
The Nichols Constructions development passed through the planning committee without any discussion.
Robina councillor Hermann Vorster was not at the meeting and sent an apology.
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