High density development gets approval

12th October 2017 12:53 PM
APPROVED: Construction of a a retirement village consisting of 51 units will start by the end of 2018. APPROVED: Construction of a a retirement village consisting of 51 units will start by the end of 2018.

THE Kingsgrove Living relocatable home village will go ahead despite objections from two councillors.

Located at Logan Rd in Kingaroy the development will include 51 relocatable home built around a shared community hub.

The South Burnett Regional Council voted to reconcile its planning act to allow for this new type of development.

Unlike a traditional retirement village occupants won't own the land the homes are built on, rather they will lease it.

Once a plot is leased the occupants can buy relocatable a home to place there.

Councillor Ros Heit voted against the development claiming the injection of low cost housing could depress the wider property market.

"In its community plan local residents summarised their aspirations for the future of our region in the statement, 'We want to be a major regional centre with a country lifestyle atmosphere'," Cr Heit said.

"High density housing may be appropriate for parts of cities and coastal town but is inconsistent with country living."

While initially marketed to the over 50s market Cr Heit said it ran contrary to the desired environmental outcomes laid out in the planning scheme.

Councillor Terry Fleischfresser said it was unlikely the development would attract a younger demographic because banks may not give a loan when the ownership of the land is off the table.

"The concerns that it will turn into a young person's village I think are totally unfounded," he said.

The council voted 5-2 to approve the development with Cr Heit and Cr Danita Potter voting against it.