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Unit development gets green light despite resident protest

FISHER St residents have hit out after Gladstone Regional Council gave the go-ahead to a 32-unit development on their street.

The Friends of Fisher St community group has fought the Gladstone Affordable Housing proposal since it was first flagged, but on Tuesday, following reductions in scope, the plan was approved.

"I suggest council has let the community down very badly," architect and Fisher St resident John Bright said.

He questioned compliance with planning guidelines, including setbacks, parking and disability access.

But Mayor Gail Sellers said councillors must have grounds to refuse an application - all present councillors except Matt Burnett and Ren Lanzon agreed there were no grounds.

"It is zoned high residential so when you buy in that area you know there is possibility of unit development in that area," she said.

A 30-unit GAH development at Barney Point was also approved.

The developer aims to deliver 35 affordable homes, after LNG companies donated $19.8 million, to meet a Queensland Co-ordinator-General condition.

Topics:  fisher st, gladstone regional council, housing development



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