Queensland development plan ‘too reliant’ on high-rise buildings

January 13, 2010

Opposition claims 20-year development targets for South East Queensland are unrealistic.

The Liberal National Party has described the state government’s to provide additional housing for 1.5 million people projected to move to Queensland in the next 20 years as unrealistic and too reliant on high-rise buildings.

David Gibson, spokesperson for the LNP, said the state would need “a Dubai-scale building of apartments just to get the numbers in the South East Queensland Regional Plan achieved”.

Gibson estimated that, in order to meet targets set out in the plan, 1,725 20-storey buildings would need to be built in South East Queensland over the next 20 years – meaning 82 new high-rise buildings each year. The plan is to provide 754,000 new dwellings in the south east of the state, 156,000 of which would be located in the Brisbane City Council area.

Gibson said that, of the new dwellings in the plan, half would be infill or medium- to high-rise development, and argued that there was not enough demand for high-rise living in the state to justify the forecast developments.

In Brisbane, 138,000 of the planned 156,000 new residences would be “redevelopment or infill” around existing buildings and infrastructure. Gibson said that high-rise and infill had a part to play in cities, but said the pace at which the state government planned to introduce them was unrealistic. “There’s a place for infill development, or high-rise, but there’s just no way that these targets are going to be met,” he explained.

“You go through street by street and you identify where you can build 82 new 20-storey building every year for the next 21 years and the land is not there right now,” he said. “We would have to achieve a Dubai-scale building of apartments just to get the numbers in the South East Queensland Regional Plan achieved.”

Queensland Infrastructure Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, however, told _The Australian_ the government had no intention of changing the targets set out in the plan.

“It’s not just high-rise. Infill and higher density isn’t just about towers, it’s a about a range of options,” he explained. “Some people have portrayed this as a battle between an extra house in every third backyard, or enormous towers in a specific number of places. It’s got to be somewhere between the two.”

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