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Council backflip gives new hope for old houses

Posted on 23 March 2017

Brian Bennion, South-East Advertiser

PLANS to remove more than one-third of the character zoning from parts of Camp Hill and Coorparoo have been dropped under a revision to the draft Coorparoo and Districts Neighbourhood Plan.

The council had planned to remove more than 1500 homes from the traditional building character overlay, but it was confronted by hundreds of residents opposing the plans at community meetings and information sessions.

The council received 170 written submissions and 400 online survey responses to the draft strategy.

City Planning chairman Julian Simmonds said an extra 3555 properties would retain character zoning or be added to the character overlay under the revised draft strategy.Courtesy of the revisions, council also added several character listings through Greenslopes from Juliette St to Denman St.

Some properties behind Greenslopes Mall have been removed from the character zoning under the revised draft, which now goes to council and the State Government for approval.

The plan to axe character protection along Denman St to allow five-storey development has been downgraded under the changes.

The original section of the street on Galway St will change to Character Residential (Infill housing).

Homes between Galway and Bunya streets will lose character protection to allow developments up to three storeys.

A five-storey development overlooking CB Mott Park that was planned for Victor St has also been downgraded to a three-storey project.

Zoning affecting the five-storey units almost completed nearby on Logan Rd, however, is still recommended to change from two to three storeys to five storeys under the plan.

Key changes:

  • Plan dropped to axe one-third of character protection from Martha St to Old Cleveland Rd, Camp Hill
  • Plan dropped to axe half the character protection from Chatsworth and Cavendish Rd to Leigh St, Coorparoo
  • Several character listings added between Juliette and Denman streets in Greenslopes
  • Plan dropped to remove character listing in Denman St, Greenslopes, and allow five storeys
  • Plan dropped for five-storey development overlooking CB Mott Park along Victor St, Holland Park

Future growth along Logan Rd

Character residential areas will be better protected and future growth concentrated near centres along Logan Rd under the draft strategy, according to City Planning chairman Julian Simmonds.

"Under the draft neighbourhood plan, the number of properties in the character residential zones will increase from 2443 to 5998, while ensuring that any applications over these properties are assessed by council, with a view to retaining quality examples of tin and timber character houses," Cr Simmonds said.

"Additionally, an extra 13 houses will be included in the pre-1911 building overlay and 11 heritage places will be added to council's heritage register."


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