“The assessment team were concerned about the impact the proposal would have on access in the area including inadequate boundary setbacks and balcony sizes, amongst other things,” Cr Adams said in a statement.
While the 15-storey tower application was rejected, the developers can go ahead with the 10-storey version approved in July.
Approval was also granted for two pre-1911 houses on the site to be relocated to Old Cleveland Road in Camp Hill, while another application to relocate a third home to Allen Street in Hamilton is still under assessment.
Kangaroo Point residents launched a sustained protest against the development, attending the final council meeting in December to register their displeasure before the council rejected it.
Greens councillor Jonathan Sri, in whose ward the development sits, said in council chambers that the development was on a small site “in an already crowded neighbourhood”.
Cr Sri asked if lord mayor Adrian Schrinner agreed that public infrastructure and services were not keeping pace with development in the inner-city suburb, which the lord mayor rejected.
On December 18, a week after the council rejected the 15-storey proposal, developers Main Street Projects Pty Ltd – owned by Pikos Group – lodged an appeal in the Brisbane Planning Court.
The appeal argues the proposed 15-storey, three-tower alteration “complies … with all of the relevant benchmarks” and where it does not comply, it can be “conditioned to apply” or there are “relevant discretionary matters that warrant approval”.
The appeal also said “non-compliance ought not to be determinate to result in a refusal” and the development met community expectations for the site and was in the public interest.
A council spokeswoman declined to comment, saying “the matter is now before the court”.
Cr Sri said the lord mayor should buy the land for a future riverwalk along the front of the site and “create much-needed parkland”.
“I hope Brisbane City Council will vigorously defend the original decision to reject this development application, but the council also needs to rewrite the entire neighbourhood plan to ensure new private development doesn’t outstrip the provision of local infrastructure,” Cr Sri said.
Lucy is the urban affairs reporter for the Brisbane Times, with a special interest in Brisbane City Council.