Menu
News

High density development gets approval

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.

Topics:  kingsgrove living ros heit south burnett regional council

South Burnett

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Award-winning Southern Downs caravan park now for sale

The Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park is now for sale.

Fancy buying yourself a job at an award-winning caravan park?

A tragic tale that's becoming all too familiar

Memorial Service at Our Lady of Lourdes School for teen Amy "Dolly" Jayne Everett.

Where do you even begin addressing the issue of bullying?

YOUR SAY: 'Why change a good thing?'

FED UP: The Stanthorpe community, pool users, members, past members, parents and kids are all upset with the uncertainty surrounding the Stanthorpe War Memorial Pool.

Concerned resident worried about pool fees, fundraisers out to dry

Local Partners