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Jackie Trad to restart West End project

AAP logoAAP 5/11/2016

Brisbane's controversial on-again, off-again West Village project is back on the table but Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is facing a local backlash over the looming approval.

Ms Trad, Queensland's planning minister as well as the local South Brisbane MP, on Sunday revealed the $800,000 urban renewal project would be finalised "in the coming days".

She previously called in the development at West End - to include 1200-plus apartments, retail and commercial space in seven skyscraping towers - in September following pressure for green and community groups.

Those same groups are again upset the decade-long construction project is set to be approved this week subject to planning conditions.

Local Greens councillor Jonathan Sri labelled the proposed changes - including a doubling of green space, a slight reduction in apartments and a staggering of tower heights from eight to 22 storeys - as minor and didn't address the main concerns.

Mr Sri said residents weren't opposed to the site's development but they wanted better consultation and more affordable housing for low-income earners.

"There is no community support for 22-storey buildings on Boundary Street," he said.

The West End Community Association agreed with Mr Sri, saying residents would be disappointed and could punish Ms Trad dearly at the next state election.

"This is an issue we have been out there fighting for two years," said WECA president Erin Evans.

"It won't go away."

Ms Trad denied she was trying to placate the Greens by calling in the project and overseeing changes which include reducing site cover from 95 per cent to 80 per cent, leading to taller towers.

Among the proposed changes are for an "innovative" electric vehicle charging station as well as the retention and re-use of two heritage buildings.

"This is a once-in-a-generation urban development," said Ms Trad, adding it would create thousands of jobs.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls was quick to respond by saying those jobs had needlessly been put on hold for three months while she had given "false hope" to the West End community.

He denied it was a good result for the development industry due to the uncertainty and doubt created.

"It (this) is simply a political ploy by Jackie Trad to protect her skin in the seat of South Brisbane from the greens."

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