The sheds, home to popular weekend markets, stand on Queen’s Wharf near the distinctive red lighthouse.
The Development Assessment Commission yesterday approved an application from site owner Hans Ehmann to demolish the sheds.
Ehmann, the developer behind the nearby Quest Apartments which opened this week, has bigger plans for the site, saying at the sod-turning last year that the Quest opening would spark greater interest in the largely undeveloped Port.
The DAC decision requires substantial work to begin on the site’s demolition within 12 months, or the authorisation will lapse.
Local MP and cabinet minister Susan Close said: “I hope that the owner listens to locals who want to see development that celebrates the heritage of Port Adelaide.”
Housing and Urban Development Minister Stephen Mullighan said the DAC should ensure that any new development was in line with the Port’s character.
“Now that the shed is to be demolished, the Development Assessment Commission needs to ensure that whatever is proposed to be built there is in keeping with the character and heritage of Port Adelaide,” he said.
Port Adelaide Enfield mayor Gary Johanson had a similar response.
“All planning consent for the Port waterfront precinct is under the control of State Government,” he said in a statement. “Council will work with the developer and State Government to try and ensure appropriate use of the site that fits with the heritage character of the Port.”
The sheds were denied protection from the Heritage Council in September, sparking concern from Port Adelaide heritage campaigners about the loss of more character buildings, and supporters of the markets, who fear that stallholders will soon be without a home.
Yesterday’s decision is another step towards the long-awaited redevelopment of the inner harbour after the stalled Newport Quays development was canned by the State Government in 2011.
In July this year, the Government revealed new plans for residential development in the area, with lower densities and building heights than those previously planned.
Two developers were given the go-ahead to develop a masterplan in consultation with Renewal SA: Starfish Developments intend to build 760 homes across Dock One and the eastern inner harbour, while Cedar Woods has agreed to construct 500 residences in the North West and Fletcher’s Slip precincts.
InDaily has contacted Ehmann for comment about his plans for the site.
Also yesterday, the DAC gave the go-ahead to the new city high school, to be built on Frome Road behind the old Royal Adelaide Hospital.
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