Lots ‘n’ lots queued for council approval

NEW figures released by the Western Downs Regional Council reveal a gradual rate of approval for housing developments in Chinchilla and Miles.

In Chinchilla 57 lots have been given the nod in the past two months while 514 lots have been passed in Miles, including 366 lots on Hookswood and Pelham Roads on the north side of town.

Still queued for approval are 2458 lots, including 454 on Price St in Chinchilla and 696 on the Warrego Hwy in Miles.

WDRC spokesperson for planning, Councillor Ray Jamieson, said the absence of sufficient infrastructure is preventing development approval in some cases.

“Council’s position is to support the development of long term residential population and Council has a long term strategy to upgrade infrastructure over an extended period,” he said.

“For any development refusals, the outcome would be based on planning grounds and could involve staged developments to be in line with Council’s Infrastructure Development Program.”

Cr Jamieson said residential development over the next two years will depend on the development of current approvals.

“In each of the centres… there are approvals that have either not been delivered or developed and not released to the market,” he said.

“It is expected that those currently going through the approval process will be approved subject to conditions over the next period.”

Developers are urging that continued development approvals would ease rental market pressures and encourage permanent residency in the Western Downs, maximising the potential community benefits from the resource boom.

The region dominated a new report released by the Surat Basin Property Group last month that highlighted the top 20 rental yield areas across the state.

Miles topped the list with a return of 9.3%, while Chinchilla recorded 7.7%, Tara 7.3% and Dalby 6.5%.