Plans to construct 124 apartments in the northern car park of Cleveland train station will no longer have the support of State MP for Cleveland Dr Mark Robinson.
In a speech to Parliament on 18 August the LNP backbencher accused Labor of stealing car parks from his electorate.
“Tonight I announce that I am withdrawing my support for the redevelopment of Cleveland station in its present form due to the low car park numbers and development change of use. I call on the government to urgently review the situation” said Dr Robinson.
Dr Robinson told Parliament:
The car parks were promised and there was a community expectation. However, it has gone mysteriously quiet.
Frustrated commuters complain that there is never enough parking at Cleveland station.
At a time when governments are encouraging the use of public transport, it has to be questioned why appropriate facilities are not being made available.
The redevelopment of Cleveland station should have brought much extra commuter parking—that was the original plan—but the very low number has created angst amongst residents who live in the immediate vicinity and those who utilise the station for their daily commute.
My consultations with the community have revealed high levels of objection to this development among nearby residents.
Body corporates around the area are very unhappy and object to it in its current form, particularly around the parking.
LNP plan for a mixed-purpose transport hub
The LNP government invited proposals for a mixed use transport hub development at the Cleveland train station in April 2014.
At the time Dr Robinson spoke in favour of the project saying it would result in more car parks at the station, as reported in the Bulletin.
Details of the proposal were first explained to the community by Redlands2030 in its report: Cleveland train station development plans.
The development proposed by Envisage and the State Government involves 124 residential apartments in two eight story towers built over public and private car parking.
About six of the apartments will be designated as short stay tourism accommodation units.
A small kiosk, to be built where a large gum tree currently grows, is also included in the plans.
The project appears to be residential apartments dressed up as a mixed use development.
Envisage is proposing a net increase of 17 parking bays for rail commuters, a gain of just 7.2%. For the residential apartments, 31 visitor car parks would normally be required for a development of this size but none will be provided according to the developer’s Traffic Engineering Report.
The Labor Government has refused to disclose what Envisage is paying for the right to build apartments on public land.