Developers plan land ahead of time

ROCKHAMPTON has expanded so rapidly, developers are being allowed to subdivide land five years ahead of schedule to meet demand for new homes.

Councillors have agreed to a request to develop 11.5 hectares off Norman Road in Parkhurst that was not due to be used for housing until at least 2015.

Rockhampton Regional Council Strategic planning manager Brett Bacon told councillors accelerated growth over the last couple of years had placed unprecedented demands on the city’s land stock.

“As a result, the Norman Road residential area, which was considered likely to accommodate a large portion of the city’s growth for the next seven years, is now almost fully developed,” he told the Strategic Planning Committee.

He said the applicant, Tanreef Pty Ltd, had demonstrated there was a need to unlock suitable land for development prior to 2015.

“The proposed development is considered to be a logical extension of the existing Parkhurst East residential area despite its inconsistency with the planning scheme,” he said.

And councillors agreed, voting to grant preliminary approval which overrides the planning scheme for residential development.

The proposal is to develop a substantial estate with a mix of multi-unit homes, cottages, villas and townhouses on the site which borders Norman Road, unformed sections of Olive Road and McMillan Avenue.

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