The Development Applications Board (DAB) has approved plans submitted by the Government, to build new headquarters for the Department of Parks on Marsh Folly Road.

The application calls for the demolition of the existing buildings at the former solid waste depot to erect three new buildings.

Construction includes a two-storey administration building and a two-storey industrial building on the eastern boundary.

The third building, a single-storey workshop, would be built on the property’s southern border.

The plans also include the creation of a new access point to Marsh Folly on the eastern side of the northern boundary.

“This new access is to allow the public a safer, more convenient and separate entrance from the industrial yard operations which also include heavy vehicle access to the Works and Engineering depot also based to the south of the application site,” the planning documents said.

“The upper parking area also allows staff to park their private vehicles outside of the secure yard which was a requirement of the Department of Parks.”

It was also noted that the design would maximise utility without compromising safety and security as the application said the site was a “tight fit”.

“We believe we have also provided a good level of design for the areas that have a public face,” the applicant said.

“However, in order to facilitate the movement of heavy vehicles in the yard the buildings have been forced to encroach within the boundary setbacks.”

A technical officer said in a report: “At present, the buildings are in a dilapidated state. Any new development is viewed as an improvement. The proposal will provide for a larger and more orderly arrangement for administration offices, industrial staff facilities as well as a workshop.

“Two, the proposal exhibits a high standard of design and landscaping. The proposal provides a layout which strives to make efficient use of the site for the entire parks department operations which uses a range of various heavy equipment vehicles.”

“The grading of the site would mean the two-storey buildings would appear to be single storey from neighbouring properties and that the proposal would not harm the area with noise, traffic, odour or vibrations.“Instead, the application proposes to demolish the rundown buildings, remove the shipping containers and replace them with functional industrial buildings which are aesthetically pleasing,” the report said.

“It should be noted that the site is largely intended to accommodate offices and storage of vehicles and not for carrying out activities that incur nuisances typically associated with heavy industrial use.”

There were no objections to the proposal.

The report concluded: “Overall, the proposal will be an improvement to the site by providing a more organised layout which can accommodate the full staff of the parks department.”