The site for the proposed units.
The site for the proposed units.

Massive duplex plan on display

A PLAN for nearly 100 units on a vacant block in west Warwick could be a first for the region if ticked off by council.

A finance company has applied to build the massive duplex and triplex development on a three-hectare Carmody St site off Wallace St.

The site was approved for self-contained aged care units in 2004 but the company behind that plan – Brisbane-based Warwick Developments Pty Ltd – never went ahead with it and the land was later repossessed by Euro Finance, the company behind the new proposal. If given the go-ahead, 38 duplexes and two triplexes with a mixture of two and three-bedroom units would be built.

Planning consultant Leigh Ratten, who is handling the application on behalf of Euro Finance, said yesterday that if approved the 82-unit estate would be aimed at the “general residential market” and not specifically at aged care.

“A need has been identified in Warwick for affordable and low-maintenance accommodation, to keep up with modern trends,” Mr Ratten said.

“These units would be for people who don’t want a big yard to maintain at the weekend and one market could be people working in the mining industry in the wider region.”

Mr Ratten said recreational facilities such as a pool and barbecue areas would be provided, as well as vehicle garaging for all of the units.

While not identified in the documents lodged with council and on public display at the council’s head office in Warwick, Mr Ratten said he could “not rule out” that a security entrance gate could be incorporated in the estate.

Council has previously indicated it is unlikely to approve “gated” developments in Warwick as have become prevalent in larger centres in recent years, which tend to be effectively cut off from the wider community.

“It’s not something that has been discussed so far by the applicant, but the possibility is there,” Mr Ratten said.

“But in any case the estate would be self-contained, in that recreational facilities will be on the site.”

The aged-care estate plan approved for Carmody St by the former Warwick Shire Council in February 2004 was for 128 units.

Carmody St and surrounds have been at the centre of a number of development plans which have not proceeded in recent times, including a church next to the proposed unit estate and an eco-friendly housing village at the corner of Carmody and Wallace Sts.

Also causing controversy in the area was a plan for a supermarket, retail shops and a bowling alley on the site of Kahlers Oasis Caravan Park on Wallace St.

That plan was refused in March 2008 by Warwick Shire Council at its last meeting before amalgamation.

A new draft planning scheme for the region makes it clear that any major retail development outside of the Warwick CBD is unlikely to be supported by council.

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