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21 Jun 2017

Salisbury residents fear their suburb is losing its traditional character due to new houses

 

RESIDENTS of a Brisbane suburb fear their suburb is losing its character as Queenslander houses are replaced by units and townhouses on subdivided blocks.

Salisbury residents fear their laid-back suburb with large blocks and vegetation is changing before their eyes as new houses are built.

Multiple blocks in the suburb have been subdivided for two houses, or attracted developers who want to build townhouses or unit complexes. Residents said that clashed with the suburb’s traditional Queenslander homes.

Rowena Gamble, owner of the picturesque Hedge Espresso cafe, said she and husband Saxon made a conscious effort to fit in when they took over in 2014.

“The character was one of the things that attracted us to Salisbury,” Mrs Gamble said.

One such development that residents were against was the application for 18 three-bedroom townhouses at 113 Lillian Avenue.

Brisbane City Councillor Steve Griffiths said he was opposed to similar developments.

“I and my staff have spent a lot of time in touch with residents regarding this development, which I do not support,” Cr Griffiths said.

“This type of individual objection is increasing within the Salisbury area as infill developments have increased over recent years.”

Mark Ward Property principal Mark Ward said he did not feel the suburb had already lost its character, but care needed to be taken to ensure that did not happen.

“The good thing is there are not too many bigger blocks left to be subdivided,” Mr Ward said.

“I’m not opposed to splitting blocks if the end product is nice though.”

Mr Ward said he had noticed developers’ interest in the suburb had “skyrocketed” in the past three years.

“It’s close to the city, and there are train, bus, hospital and university services nearby,” he said.

THE RESIDENTS:

Salisbury resident Gabriel Ochoteco said he was concerned his suburb was losing its soul.

He said the family-oriented area was traditionally known for its Queenslanders and trees.

But it was now turning into a concrete jungle.

“We feel the character of the suburb is at risk,” Mr Ochoteco said.

“There are a few townhouse blocks going up and they’re really, really cramped.

“It’s certainly a trend (to have the units being built) and the suburb is losing what it is known as.

“We’re also worried about precedent.

‘‘We want single, detached houses in the suburb.”

Mr Ochoteco said he bought into the suburb about 10 years ago and one of the things that attracted him was the so-called character.

“One of the reasons we bought here was the wide roads,” he said.

BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL:

A Brisbane City Council spokesman has defended council’s approval of ­development applications in Salisbury.

“The majority of the suburb is zoned for low residential uses, which means residential houses are most appropriate in this area. There is no intention to change this,” the spokesman said. “Units and townhouses can be considered in residential areas where the site is located close to high-frequency transport and economic hubs.

“As with all applications, council will assess whether the proposal is consistent with zoning under City Plan 2014 and State Government planning law.”

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