Council 'bends' for developer

COUNCIL has bent the rules to get a multi million dollar development off the ground at 131-137 Adelaide Terrace.

Apparently the development is to be conducted by the Fini Group, which Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass said had done a lot for the city.

The application considered was for two residential and other buildings containing 258 apartments and commercial floor space along Adelaide Terrace.

Deputy Lord Mayor Tess Stroud said the site had been awaiting development for six or seven years.

“The last development application for the site expired in January,” Mrs Stroud said.

Dr Nattrass said he was aware of the urgency of the application.

“The whole thing is likely to fall over if it is not decided by the end of April,” he said. “This development has the solid support of the hotel next door.

“This is one of the rare occasions where we should bend over backwards to help the developer.”

Dr Nattrass admitted some rules were bent, but only in regard to the speed with which the application came to council and the fact council’s Bonus Plot Ratio Committee did not review the application.

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