The State Parliament’s Environment, Resources and Development Committee approved the rezoning of the former Glenside Hospital, according to The Advertiser. The green light for the construction of high-rise housing was given even though the local community strongly opposed it. The Environment, Resources, and Development Committee agreed to the planning changes that involved the development of eight-storey structures on the 17ha site. Among those who expressed their concerns were the Help Save The Glenside Hospital Trees convener Barry Barber and Adelaide Central School of Art chief executive Ingrid Kellenbach. They also opposed Cedar Woods’ proposal to cut 83 regulated tree so they could free their site from remediation. The Development Assessment Commission is expected to decide on this proposal.
The project will include the construction of 1000 residences and they are expected to be completed after 10 years. Liberal MP David Pisoni expressed his concerns that this plan would cause open space and traffic issues in Greenhill and Fullarton roads. Despite their strong opposition, the planning changes were allowed after the committee voted on the matter. Labor MPs Eddie Hughes and Tung Ngo, the Liberals’ Michelle Lensink and Stephen Griffiths and Greens leader Mark Parnell did not raise any objection to the decision.
Barry Barber hoped that the plan would be denied and he was disappointed after receiving the news that it wasn’t. He hoped that the existing planning rules would be imposed so that the developers could only construct up to 600 homes and not 1000 residences so more trees could be saved. Mark Parnell also criticized the proposed changes but was outvoted in the committee so he had no choice but to agree. He added that the decision and the green light given to rezoning the area is a huge mockery of the existing campaign to save trees. Pisoni, on the other hand, defended the decision and said voting against it would not yield better results. He admitted that he personally detested the sale of Glenside Hospital. However, he also recognized the benefits that it could provide to the community.
Barry Barber really hoped that the proposal would be denied. He was extremely disappointed to know that it was approved. He also wanted the existing regulation to be imposed, which would force the developer to build only 600 homes and not 1000 residences. Since lesser homes would be built, the community would be able to save more trees. Mark Parnell did not agree to the proposed adjustments but, he was also outvoted when the members of the community came up with the decision. He also said that the issued approval was a huge mockery of the government’s campaign to save trees. On the other hand, Pisoni defended the committee’s decision. He said nothing good would come out if they voted against it. Although he personally does not like the sale of Glenside Hospital, he also acknowledged the advantages that it would bring to the community.
Cedar Woods Properties Limited successfully acquired the land surrounding the Glenside Hospital property near the central business district for $25.8 million in 2016. The sale’s proceeds would be used to construct a new mental health facility in the area. This project will present 450 full-time job opportunities for the entire duration of its development, which is 10 years. The development proposal includes keeping all heritage structures when the work starts by October, if it is greenlighted. The development site would be located two kilometers from south-east of the central business district. Meanwhile, the Minister for Housing and Urban Development Stephen Mullighan stated that the completed project of Cedar Woods would offer the community a balance between open spaces and affordable homes.
Another developer was also granted with another project, which is the development of the waterfront land in Port Adelaide. The site will be made into a residential, commercial, and tourist hot spot. These major investments show that investor confidence has tremendously improved and signify a better and brighter future for the area.