Council has only one role to play in all development: to prepare a precise plan that can define a real future, and to enforce this plan so that its ambitions can be achieved. Council is not there to promote or facilitate any developer’s whim, no matter what the story might be. It is there to stand aloof and to assess schemes against the requirements of the Plan, not against any trade-offs or quality, architectural features. One might always expect that projects might be of good quality with a carefully considered planning and architectural inputs and outcomes. Did anyone in Council ask for detailed studies of this project in its particular context to be prepared? Having Council boasting about the desirability of any proposal it wants to approve is simply inappropriate. This is not Council’s role.
Don’t hold your breath hoping that Council might consider anything that might be ‘Befitting our suburbs.’ Council appears more concerned about promised glitz, commercial viability and its seamless approval when it should be assessing the developments against the facts of the Plan, be prepared to ensure that the Plan is complied with, and to reject schemes and fight for this rejection in court if it has too. Why else bother to go to the trouble to have a Plan when it is going to be haggled out of existence? We need better than this shambles of a process for it will only give us a shambles of an outcome.
When one battles to get one of the Gold Coasts's nicest forest hill roads calmed, to have its traffic managed, limited and slowed down, no one in Council is interested in maintaining or improving this unique character of place. The above-named councillor's solution is for the complainant to move away from the Gold Coast with statements something like: "We're for growth! Go away if you don't like it!" These tower projects reflect this crude, rude thinking. The Gold Coast is becoming a place for indulgent performances in changed suburbs attracting 'people with high disposable incomes' getting and spending rather than becoming a place for being at home, contented. Sadly, the wonderful character of place now suggests that it should never be changed into this rising that is wrongly promoted as 'befitting our suburbs,' because it simply does not and is not. The 'rise' of design is limited only to the increase in height suggested in the terrible pun. There is no improvement in sensitivity or concern for place in these designs. The search seems to be for growth in grand displays and profits alone, at any price, and Council does not appear to give a hoot: see - http://springbrooklocale.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/street-character.html