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Highrise facility knocked back

Aged care and retirement village developer Tricare has appealed a Brisbane City Council decision to knock back its controversial Taringa highrise, the Courier Mail reports.

The council now has 10 days to respond to documents lodged in the Planning and Environment Court by solicitors Connor O’Meara on behalf of Tricare.

Lobby group Protect Taringa said it hoped the council would vigorously defend its position in court, as it had previously promised to do.

“We expected TriCare to appeal and now that they have, we look forward to the Brisbane City Council comprehensively defending its refusal of TriCare’s application to the court,’’ a spokesman said.

“We maintain our support for an aged-care facility at the site.

“However, we want a facility that incorporate the elements necessary for optimal aged-care outcomes, including facilities that are as home-like as possible – not high-rise towers that are totally unsuitable for that purpose and incompatible for planning reasons.’’

Tricare said in an 18-page appeal document lodged this morning that its plans to build three highrise towers at Seven Oaks St was consistent with the local character of the area and not contrary to council’s strategies framework.

It specifically mentioned Kingshome, a nine-storey, three tower unit block directly to the south of its aged care and retirement project, as an example of buildings of similar character.

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Aged care developer Tricare has appealed a decision to knock back its Taringa highrise (Courier Mail)

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