Ipswich a hot spot for homes

IPSWICH has started to chip away at the 118,000 new homes the State Government predicts our region needs by 2031, with the news 129 extra residential blocks have been approved for development.

Ipswich City Council approved three separate development applications in Brassall, Goodna and Chuwar to boost the pool of available land in the city.

Council's Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said Ipswich continued to be a real estate hot spot in south-east Queensland despite the economic downturn over the past year.

“The city still represents good value for those wanting to buy properties here with a continuing range of land and housing options,” Cr Tully said.

“We are playing our part in approving appropriate applications to ensure that a supply of land suitable for development is available within Ipswich.

The approved development on North High Street, Brassall, will see new roads extended from Caribou Drive and Mirage Street to service the 27-lot site.

In Goodna, a formerly single lot has been reconfigured into 41 lots for single residential buildings at 107 Bertha Street, while in Chuwar a redesign of stage five of the Stanton Park Residential Estate while see 61 new housing lots.

Cr Tully said the developers behind the Bertha Street application would be required to construct a right turning lane on Church Street into the development and provide infrastructure for future bus stops on both sides of Church Street.

“They will also need to dedicate parkland containing a kick-a-bout, play area and picnic area within the western (Church Street) portion of the site,”

Cr Tully said under the Dan Street development at Chuwar a pedestrian and cycle link will be provided between the internal street network and Mount Crosby Road adjacent to proposed lots 156 and 157.

“The developer is also required to provide concrete footpaths on one side of all streets including the southern side of Dan Street from Mount Crosby Road through to Lapworth Road,” he said.

“Another condition of approval is the payment of $25,000 to council for the future installation of a Translink-style bus shelter on Mount Crosby Road and $40,000 towards the future upgrade of the intersection of Mount Crosby Road and Dan Street.

“An indented bus bay will be constructed on the eastern side of Mount Crosby Road.”

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