The Queensland government has approved a controversial $800 million development in inner-Brisbane’s West End.
The West Village development was called in by Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, who is also the local South Brisbane MP, in September.
On Monday afternoon, Mr Trad announced the “significant urban renewal project” had been given the green light with key conditions.
“West Village will help set the new benchmark for urban renewal developments in Brisbane and ensure they are set to the standards of a world class city,” Ms Trad said in a statement.
She said the decision was based on planning merit alone.
There were “significant state interests” involved with the development including economic and environmental factors, housing supply and liveable communities, she said.
Ms Trad had come under political pressure from green and community groups, who opposed the project.
The conditions of the approval include a doubling of publicly-accessible green space, 30 per cent of the site remaining open to the public 24-hours a day and fewer overall apartments.
The plans now involve a maximum of 1250 apartments.
Liberal National Party leader Tim Nicholls said the government had simply approved something that was already approved.
“Investors and developers have been put on notice that their investments are not secure – that once they get an approval it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be approved,” he said.
“This is more about a government trying to appease the Greens than it is about making sure there are jobs for Queenslanders.”
Ms Trad on Sunday denied she was trying to placate the Greens by calling in the project and overseeing changes which include reducing site cover from 95 per cent to 80 per cent, leading to taller towers.
The deputy premier said she received more than 700 submissions from the community and stakeholders since calling in the project.