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17 Unit Proposal rings alarm bells - The Satellite 21-Jul-2010

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Oxley residents are voicing concerns over a State Government plan to build 17 one-bedroom public housing units on a block on Oxley Road at Sherwood.

They say there are too many units for the size of the block and are concerned the entry and exit to the site, which is obscured, may create a traffic hazzard and more congestion on the norotiously busy Oxley Road.

One of these residents, Graham Flintham, who lives on nearby Quarry Road, said the plan would impact him and everyone who uses Oxley Road.

"They need to reduce the number of units being built," he said.

Indooroopilly MP Scott Emerson said the 17 units proposed for the site at 575 Oxley Road would not be allowed under current planning rules or under the proposed changes to the neighbourhood plan currently being considered.

"A private developer had previously attempted to gain approval for 12 units on the site but was knocked back because the development was deemed to be excessive," Mr Emerson said.

"However, the State Government doesn't have to abide by local planning rules so it is able to build 17 units on the site."

"To add insult to injury, the State Government has only provided six parking spaces on the site for residents of the 17 units and any visitors."

"While I appreciate the State Government may not be legally required to do so, I believe such housing should meet local planning requirements."

Mr Emerson said the entry/exit of the site was obscured by a railway bridge which made it exceptionally dangerous.

"The difficulties in entering and exiting the site are also likely to further add to congestion and delays on Oxley Road." he said.

"The provision of social housing is an important responsibility of State Government however, it is also important that such housing is built with consideration of the local residents and any genuine concerns."

Mr Emerson said he had written to the Minister for Community Services and Housing, Karen Struthers and asked her to consider reducing the numebr of units being built on this site to better meet community and council expectation in the area and also lessen potential traffic hazzards.

A statement released by Ms Struthers office said it was important to remember not may social housing tenants owned cars.

"That's why this is a great location for social housing.  It's within walking distance to trains and buses, shops and services, parks and schools," it stated.

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Bligh Government should reduce plans for units at Sherwood

 
INDOOROOPILLY MP Scott Emerson has called on the Bligh government to reduce its plan to build 17 one-bedroom public housing units on a block on Oxley Road at Sherwood following community concerns.
 
“There are genuine concerns that there are too many units for the size of the block and that the entry and exit to the site is obscured and risks creating a traffic hazard and worsening delays and congestion on busy Oxley Road,” Mr Emerson said.
 
Mr Emerson said the 17 units proposed for the site at 575 Oxley Road would not be allowed under the current BCC planning rules or under the proposed changes to the neighbourhood plan currently being considered.
 
“A private developer had previously attempted to gain approval for 12 units on the site but was knocked back because the development was deemed to be excessive,” Mr Emerson said.
 
“However, the State government doesn’t have to abide by local planning rules so it is able to build 17 units on the site.”
 
“To add insult to injury, the State government has only provided six parking spaces on the site for residents of the 17 units and any visitors.”
 
“While I appreciate the State government may not be legally required to do so, I believe such housing should meet local planning requirements.”
 
Mr Emerson said the entry/exit of the site was obscured by a railway bridge which made it exceptionally dangerous, especially on the notoriously busy Oxley Road.
 
“The difficulties in entering and exiting the site are also likely to further add to congestion and delays on Oxley Road,” Mr Emerson said.
 
“The provision of social housing is an important responsibility of State government however, it is also important that such housing is built with consideration of the local residents and any genuine concerns.”
 
Mr Emerson said he had written to the Minister for Community Services and Housing Karen Struthers and asked her to consider reducing the number of units being built on this site to better meet community and council expectation in the area and also lessen potential traffic hazards.