University of Queensland and local residents object $375m apartment approval in Brisbane

14 January 2016 (Last Updated January 14th, 2016 18:30)

The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, has initiated a lawsuit against the city council to protest against its approval for the 47-storey apartment project planned beside the Customs House.

The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, has initiated a lawsuit against the city council to protest against its approval for the 47-storey apartment project planned beside the Customs House.

Brisbane city council had approved the $375m development by Cbus Property at 443 Queen Street in December last year, following which the complaint has been lodged at Brisbane's Planning and Environment Court.

The complaint considers the development application to be 'piecemeal and unlawful.'

The development will rise above the university-owned Customs House and is likely to block river views of the local residents.

"To date, Brisbane apartments generally have not been designed well to address and take advantage of the city's subtropical environment."

According to the university, the application was lodged in a way that it did not need to undergo public consultation phase before being approved, reports Courier Mail.

City Neighbourhood Plan, however, has specified that the building seems to be preserving 'the historically and aesthetically significant setting of Customs House'.

The University of Queensland had said in its application: "The effect of the purported approval is to subvert, rather than comply with, the stated intent and express assessment criteria of the planning scheme."

Cbus Property chief executive Adrian Pozzo was quoted by The Australian Financial Review as saying: "To date, Brisbane apartments generally have not been designed well to address and take advantage of the city's subtropical environment.

"We think 443 Queen Street is a new generation of design for subtropical living."