Housing lots too small: locals

A STATE Government initiative to provide affordable and diverse housing for Gladstone residents is one step closer; leaving local Clinton residents up in arms.

The Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe, said a development application for stage one of the Clinton Urban Development Area (UDA) was lodged with Gladstone Regional Council (GRC) yesterday – less than four months after the UDA was announced.

“Stage one of the Clinton Urban Development Area, located in the north-eastern section of the site fronting Harvey Road, below Clinton State School, will provide an early release of 34 new lots for homes, ranging in size from 310 square metres to 640 square metres,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“The entire 17ha site, located 6km from the Gladstone CBD will provide up to 200 new homes in total, with 60 per cent at or below the current median house price in Gladstone of $355,000.”

Clinton resident Chris Wallis, whose home backs on to the new development site, said a housing site of only 250 square metres should be in the Sydney suburb of Redfern.

“Gladstone has got miles around to move and has no need for housing sites that small,” Mr Wallis said.

“What I have asked for in my submission to the UDA is how a resident can make comment when we have no idea of what the development is.

“We don’t know what sort of housing is going to go where; we don’t know what sort of park-land and where it is going to be and we don’t know anything about road infrastructure – and they want us to comment on it.

“The comment period is over and now they have decided to go ahead when all they have provided is a map that says they might develop here or they might develop there, along with some photos of the style of housing,” he said.

Mr Hinchliffe said there was a real need to address affordability in fast-growing areas outside South-East Queensland.

“Particularly in Gladstone, the ULDA seeks to provide a wide range of lot sizes and house styles that will meet a wider range of lifestyles and budgets,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Gladstone’s residential housing market is primarily made up of large houses on large blocks, which doesn’t accurately reflect the needs of the evolving and diverse Gladstone community.

“Providing a range of house sizes on a range of lot sizes will ensure that singles, couples and families can choose the size and style of house that best suits their needs.”

ULDA CEO Paul Eagles said allotments ranged from about 250sq m to 300sq m right up to detached housing of 600sq m.

“The early release area of the Clinton site would include a half hectare park and playground as part of the government’s commitment to provide 50 per cent more public recreation land by 2020,” Mr Eagles said.

“The park will feature children’s play areas as well as sculptures and public art.”

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