Green light for retirement village

This property on Rose Road has been approved for a new community village for retirees.
This property on Rose Road has been approved for a new community village for retirees. Craig Warhurst

A SOUTHSIDE residential community village has been given the tick of approval by Gympie Regional Council’s Planning and Development Committee.

The Southside Family Village proposal by landowners Kenneth and Patricia Hudson will see 15 dwelling units and a manager’s residence built on the corner of Rose and Davey Roads in a Community Title Scheme.

All the units will be single-storey and located in five separate buildings, which are to be constructed in four stages and located around the outside of the property.

Each unit will have a covered parking space and individual private open space areas.

An existing dwelling, swimming pool and shed will be retained on site and incorporated into the final design, which includes a large communal open space area in the centre of the site.

The idea of the family village is to provide alternative and secure accommodation for retirees and aging members of the community.

Six submissions including a petition with 23 signatures was received by council opposing the development.

In relation to those submissions the design of the overall village was changed and a condition has been placed on the site restricting it for use as a retirement village.

Some core concerns outlined in submissions about the original proposal were noise impacts from increased traffic, the height of the proposed building (which were to be two-storey), a loss of privacy and light nuisance from external lighting and vehicles.

The site is not in a mixed housing preferred use area as outlined by council.

However, staff have outlined in a report that the size of the site, level of accessibility and the overall low density were favourable.

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