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Too high, too low: no middle ground in the 'high rise' battle

Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Author: Melissa Mack, Indaily

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A 12-YEAR-OLD boy's plea for the State Government to change its plan for 10 storey buildings along Fullarton Road is among 176 submissions to the inner metropolitan development plan.

"We don't have tall buildings, but we have great hearts hopefully the Government will see why most of us don't want big tall buildings up to 12 storeys in our area," Taylor Skinner writes in his emailed submission.

"We do want to evolve, but not in this way."

The Ministerial DPA for the Inner Metropolitan Growth Strategy, released in December by Planning Minister John Rau, covers key arterial roads in Burnside and Prospect Council.

The cities of Unley, West Torrens and Norwood, Payneham, St Peters each put out a council-wide DPA covering more of the parklands fringe.

Burnside Council was opposed to the DPA and a Ministerial DPA was used to override the council. In defending the move, Rau has previously hit out at "uniformed" critics of the push for higher density.

The submissions reveal pockets of residents opposed to the allowance for high density buildings in their neighbourhoods, as well as strong support for the proposals by business and property owners.

The most controversial proposals appear to be increase to 10-storeys of maximum heights of buildings between Greenhill Road and Tudor Street in Dulwich and an eight-storey height limit in Prospect.

In his submission, a property owner on Fullarton Road, Rose Park, and Churchill Road, Prospect, Jack Kourani supported the move, saying the DPA did not go far enough. He requested leniency on casting shadows.

"It is hard to increase the height of buildings without casting longer shadows. I believe there needs to be some room to move for developers," his submission said.

"I hope these long overdue changes get passed in early 2013 so I can proceed with projects I have been delaying waiting for these laws to come through. I know I am not the only one in this boat."

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