North Bank precinct progresses

The ‘final stage’ of construction for the North Bank redevelopment is one step closer after a development application for the site was lodged. 

The current Boral Concrete Plant will be demolished to make way for a recreation area. 

Five playgrounds, a skywalk, sports court, event lawn, a number of pavilions, and a car park are proposed for the North Bank development. 

The skywalk is expected to be more than 50 metres long, and more than 11 metres high. 

The $9 million development is jointly funded by the City of Launceston, state and federal governments. 

City of Launceston has contracted Commercial Project Delivery to lodge the application. 

A 105 space car park would also be constructed on the site. 

Commercial Project Delivery’s planning and development consultant Chloe Lyne said the proposed development was unlikely to result in significant change to the existing intersection of Lindsay Street and East Tamar Highway.

But also said developing at 106-space car park where there is currently no on-site parking would increase the number of traffic movements to the site’s proposed access point. 

“The site is near the cessation point on Lindsay Street, so the only additional through traffic will be that which will go to the Silos Hotel once opened,” she said in the application. 

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Approval for excavation, trenching and landscape works has already been granted by the City of Launceston. 

The site redesign has been done in stages because of the obligations set by the federal government funding deed. 

The staged technique allows works to continue while designs are finalised for the structures and the Boral site vacated and rehabilitated.

The latest development application does not seek approval for the site to be used as a ‘passive recreation’ area because final environmental site assessments still need to be completed. 

The area is able to be redeveloped because of the completion of the $58 million Launceston flood levee reconstruction project.

The North Bank project is expected to generate more than 200 jobs and create economic activity worth $35 million.

The North Bank master plan was first undertaken in 2013. 

Representations against the proposal close on March 13.