The Penang Island Municipal Council has formally rejected Abad Naluri’s mixed-development proposal for the Batu Gantung area (the Penang Global City Centre or PGCC project) at the Council’s committee meeting on 6 August.
The grounds for rejection were:
- The proposal did not take into consideration the density of Taman Jesselton (6 units/acre), Scotland Road (10.2 units/acre) and Batu Gantung Road (15-30 units/acre);
- The applicant had not submitted amended plans for further consideration;
- There was no formal application to the Council and State Authorities for low- and medium-cost housing on land in Rifle Range Road belonging to the Council and state government;
- There was no formal confirmation from the Malaysian Highway Authority that the Porr alignment would pass through the project area;
- There was no confirmation of the monorail alignment and stations;
- The planning application did not indicate the location and sites of community halls and places of worship;
- The plan for three-storey bungalows in Parcel 3 was not in keeping with the character of the surrounding area in Taman Jesselton, where Council guidelines stipulate a maximum of two storeys;
- Non-compliance with technical requirements of various departments such as the MPPP, the Malaysian Highway Authority and the State Health Deparment; and
- The State Government had not given approval for the handing over of state land Lot 402, Section 2.
Congratulations to the MPPP for standing firm to its guidelines and for rejecting the proposal on sound technical grounds.