Spring Hill Development Control Plan: a critique of intentions and effects

Natoli, Brendan (1990). Spring Hill Development Control Plan: a critique of intentions and effects Other, School of Geography, Planning and Architecture, The University of Queensland.

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Author Natoli, Brendan
Thesis Title Spring Hill Development Control Plan: a critique of intentions and effects
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning and Architecture
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1990
Thesis type Other
Supervisor John Hockings
Total pages 129
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
1205 Urban and Regional Planning
Formatted abstract
Town Planning requirements are one of the many constraints which determine architectural form. These requirements are designed to protect the rights of residents to such things as sunlight, privacy and a healthy environment. In doing so. Town Plans often largely determine the resulting building types and forms.

The types of built environment which are produced by the requirements may vary enormously. For example, 'High-rise' developments on the Gold Coast and the three to four storey developments at Noosa on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

The built environment which develops out of Planning Requirements may not always be satisfactory. Evidence of this is the 'six-pack' unit developments. These were a direct result of the Brisbane City Council's 'R4' controls.

Many of the developments which have taken place in Town Planning theory and practice have occurred in England. The control of architectural aesthetics by Development Control Plans was no exception. By the late 1970's and early 1980's such Plans were well established in England. During this time they also began to be developed in Australia. This strategy allowed Planners to increase their influence on the architecture being produced.

The aim of these plans was to designate suitable building forms, types and appearances in a given area. Planners claimed the resulting 'consistent' environment would prove more satisfactory than an ad-hoc one. Is this an appropriate attitude in an architectural sense?

To determine this such a plan must be studied. This thesis attempts to provide that study. The subject of the thesis shall be the Spring Hill Development Control Plan. The Plan formed part of the City of Brisbane Town Plan and was gazetted in 1982.

The 1850's marked the beginning of the suburb now known as Spring Hill. One acre allotments were put up for sale in 1856. This allowed leading businessmen of the day to establish large residences along the area's ridgelines.

The demand increased for affordable workers’ housing in Brisbane. As a result, the regions of low lying land close to the city began to fill with small, closely spaced, poorly constructed dwellings. These dwellings were soon to dominate the landscape in both Spring Hill and Petrie Terrace. This type of dwelling combined with small unserviced allotments and narrow streets constituted Spring Hill in the late 1800's.

By the turn of the century Spring Hill had become the most densely populated part of Brisbane, a condition which was maintained until the late 1960's. This period saw the influx of commercial establishments from the Central Business District into Spring Hill. A general decline in both residential population and physical environment followed.

The Brisbane City Council finally acted to halt this situation. To do this it introduced The Spring Hill Development Control Plan on the 25th of December 1982. This document was subsequently updated to include the Petrie Terrace area on 13th of June 1987.

This thesis intends to study the effect of this document upon the built environment of Spring Hill. Mention shall be made of the Brisbane City Council's intentions for the Plan. The thesis shall also review the process by which the Council developed the plan.

The thesis shall focus upon the Plan's effect on the morphology, typology and architectural style of Spring Hill. Architectural theories will be used to discover the suitability of the Plan.

Finally, the thesis will endeavour to establish the benefits and disadvantages of the plan. Suitable measures shall be considered for the future of the Spring Hill, including the role Brisbane architects have to play.
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