A report by The Advertiser revealed that the State Parliament’s Environment, Resources, and Development Committeegreenlighted the rezoning of the former Glenside Hospital. The approval for the high-rise housing was issued despite the vocal opposition of the local community. The Environment, Resources, and Development Committee allowed the planning modifications that would permit the construction of 8-storey buildings on the 17ha site. Various groups like the Help Save The Glenside Hospital Trees convener Barry Barber and Adelaide Central School of Art chief executive Ingrid Kellenbach expressed the concerns about the project. They also voiced their disapproval towers Cedar Woods’ plan to cut down 83 regulated trees so their site could be free from remediation. This proposal is expected to be deliberated on by the Development Assessment Commission.
Liberal MP David Pisoni was concerned that the project, which involves the construction of a home estate with 1000 residences over a span of 10 years, would cause open space and traffic problems in the roads of Greenhill and Fullarton. Despite these grievances, planning changes were still permitted. The committee actually voted on this matter. Labor MPs Eddie Hughes and Tung Ngo, the Liberals’ Michelle Lensink and Stephen Griffiths and Greens leader Mark Parnell, did not voice any objection.
Barry Barber hoped that the plan would be denied and he was disappointed after receiving the news that it wasn’t. He hoped that the existing planning rules would be imposed so that the developers could only construct up to 600 homes and not 1000 residences so more trees could be saved. Mark Parnell also criticized the proposed changes but was outvoted in the committee so he had no choice but to agree. He added that the decision and the green light given to rezoning the area is a huge mockery of the existing campaign to save trees. Pisoni, on the other hand, defended the decision and said voting against it would not yield better results. He admitted that he personally detested the sale of Glenside Hospital. However, he also recognized the benefits that it could provide to the community.
Cedar Woods Properties Limited purchased the land surrounding the Glenside Hospital site near the central business district for $25.8 million last year. The money obtained from the sale would be used to construct a new mental health facility in the area. The project that Cedar Woods plans to take on will open 450 full time job opportunities and the construction period will last for a decade. The development proposal includes retaining all heritage buildings once the work commences by October, if approved. The development site would be situated two kilometers from south-east of the central business district. Meanwhile, the Minister for Housing and Urban Development Stephen Mullighan stated that the completed project of Cedar Woods would offer the area with a balance between open spaces and affordable homes.
Another developer will also take on another project involving the development of the waterfront land in Port Adelaide. The site will be converted into a residential, commercial, and tourist hot spot. These major investments imply that investor confidence has significantly increased and signify a brighter future for the area.