As Philip White noted, Minister Rau made a few quite startling admissions, during the announcement. He suggested that South Australian developers, planners, and architects were so far unprepared to build the sort of higher-rise, more intensive, smaller-footprint village housing that many locals prefer, and indeed his own government insists is ideal for infill in the city of Adelaide proper according to his government’s new 30 Year Plan.
Former McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Chair, Dudley Brown said the decision to allow the development to go ahead at Seaford Heights was rash and ill thought out.
"It does seem to me that the South Australian government does defer on many occasions to the developers and the big end of town," he said in the Australian.
"I fear it's the face of Australia - weak governments and big business."
The compromise treeline, which was one of the changes from the original planning application for the site is shown for the first time below.