Developer to fight council in the court

THE Southern Downs Regional Council has outlined the reasons behind its decision to refuse a controversial unit plan for Rowland St in east Warwick.

The plan for 39 dwellings, including two-storey duplexes, was vehemently opposed by surrounding residents but the developer, Gold Coast-based CH Holdings, has vowed to take the council to court to secure either an approval or at least $800,000 in compensation.

Council acting chief executive officer David Tuxford said councillors this week voted to refuse the development application as it did not comply with the provisions of the Planning Scheme for the former Shire of Warwick.

The council was ordered to assess the plan under the old Warwick town plan as the application was made before amalgamation and the new planning scheme for the region took effect.

Mr Tuxford conceded that some form of "medium density" residential development could be expected on the site.

But he said council had refused similar developments in Warwick in past instances.

"The design and layout of the development should take proper account of the physical character of the site and its surroundings to ensure that it will not visually dominate the built environment," he said.

"Development should be designed and constructed to ensure that it is integrated into the amenity of the area.

"Development should contribute to the maintenance of a pleasant streetscape.

"The scale of the development should be in keeping with the outcomes being sought for the area and should be compatible with surrounding development."

He also said councillors were concerned about the scale and the architectural style of buildings in relation to existing buildings.

Councillors and residents also held concerns about emergency access to the site due to the narrowness of internal roads.

CH Holdings has 20 business days from the council meeting on Wednesday to lodge an appeal with the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland.

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