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Developer pulls plans for Zaha Hadid Architects’ 44-storey Gold Coast towers

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ proposals for a 44-storey twin tower scheme in Gold Coast City, Queensland, Australia, have been withdrawn 

Developer Sunland reportedly pulled the plans for the £350 million Mariner’s Cove scheme in Seaworld Drive after Gold Coast City Council officers spelled out 14 reasons for recommending its rejection.  

Proposals for the major scheme included 370 flats, 1,950m² of commercial space, a 69-suite hotel, an art gallery, a museum and an aquarium.

A report submitted to the planning committee by the Gold Coast City’s planning officers criticised the development, singling out its huge height compared with the surrounding low-rise waterfront area, known as The Spit.

It said: ‘A review of the proposed development against the city plan confirms that the proposed development will result in a significant level of conflict with the strategic framework of the city plan.

‘The conflict relates to the building height, scale and intensity of the development and its ability to maintain the low-rise character of The Spit as promoted by the strategic framework’s provisions for the locality under the city plan.’

The report noted that the council had received 121 submissions regarding the scheme, the majority of which opposed it, including two petitions objecting to the proposals with a combined total 4,258 signatures.

Following the deferral of an initial committee meeting to consider the plans on 13 September, Sunland said it had withdrawn its planning application until a masterplan for the seafront area around the scheme was determined.

According to the Australian press, Sunland chairman Soheil Abedian said in a statement: ‘We feel it is important the masterplanning process is unencumbered, without any perceived time pressures from existing development applications.

‘For this reason we are withdrawing our development application for The Mariner until such time that a masterplan for the precinct can be agreed upon.’ 

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