Kings­grove ap­proved

Lo­gan Rd re­tire­ment home to go ahead

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Michael Nolan michael.nolan @south­bur­nett­

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 homes 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 a re­lo­cat­able 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 the 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 towns 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.

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