A shade sail structure which was built on the roof of the Saints Peter ad Paul's Catholic School has blocked the city view from Sweet McDonald’s outdoor lounge-entertainment area. Picture: AAP/ Regi Varghese
A shade sail structure which was built on the roof of the Saints Peter ad Paul's Catholic School has blocked the city view from Sweet McDonald’s outdoor lounge-entertainment area. Picture: AAP/ Regi Varghese

Sun-shade for Qld kids? But it blocks my city view!

A SCHOOL rooftop shade structure blocking million dollar city views has infuriated homeowners along Collings St in the Brisbane suburb of Balmoral.

The shade structure was built last month above a rooftop playground area in a new two-storey building at Saints Peter and Paul's Catholic School.

Robbie McDonald, who bought the home directly across from the development for $2.6 million four years ago, said the shade structure had devalued his home by $500,000.

Mr McDonald said residents were assured by the school that the height of the structure would not exceed the neighbouring building.

He said they complained to council when they noticed the structure rise higher.

"We had uninterrupted city views from our lounge-entertaining area," Mr McDonald said.

"We had all of our functions there with the city right behind us. Now we've got Cirque du Soleil visiting.

"All of us on the street have 180 degree views from the city, Valley to the Woolstores and this is a big blot, blotting out the horizon."

 

The view disappears from the Balmoral lounge area as the steel frame of Saints Peter and Paul's Catholic School’s rooftop playground shade structure is built.
The view disappears from the Balmoral lounge area as the steel frame of Saints Peter and Paul's Catholic School’s rooftop playground shade structure is built.

A Brisbane City Council spokeswoman said council had been contacted by three residents regarding the shade installation and said the structure met approval requirements.

"Council has investigated the matter and found the sails were installed as per the conditions of the development approval and found to be compliant in accordance with State Government legislation," she said.

A spokesman for Brisbane Catholic Education said the roof play area plans were lodged and approved by council and works were carried out in accordance with that approval.

"Schools in inner suburbs generally have no vacant land which can be used for new facilities, be they classrooms, admin, libraries, sports facilities or playgrounds," he said.

"In most cases, the only type of development possible is upwards. The use of roof space for recreation rather than just as a roof is regarded as innovative practice. We're sorry if any of them feel that this work has impacted on their property values.

"To the best of our knowledge, the impact on neighbours' views is minimal - all residents still enjoy most of the panoramic views they have had previously."

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