A Brisbane home with bayside views and built more than 70 years ago, looks likely to disappear after a Queensland court overturned Brisbane City Council’s rejection of a demolition application.
The house at 478 Flinders Parade in Brighton, Brisbane’s northernmost suburb, has the waters of Moreton Bay just metres from its doorstep and was built pre-1947.
Property owner Aaron Hawke submitted his demolition application on May 8, 2020, but it was rejected on July 9 because it conflicted with Brisbane’s identity, according to Council.
“[The demolition application] does not maintain the traditional building character … [and] does not protect residential buildings constructed in 1946 or earlier,” Brisbane City Council wrote.
“The house has not been demonstrated to be structurally unsound.
“The existing pre-1946 dwelling house has a relationship to the precinct and continues to maintain and represent a traditional building character streetscape in building form and scale.”
Between late 2006 and early 2007 and between late 2009 and early 2010, two pre-1947 houses were demolished in the area close to the subject property.
The first at 466 Flinders Parade was knocked down because it had been substantially altered and had therefore become structurally unsound.
The second at 484 Flinders Parade disappeared because it was not considered to be a good example of traditional timber and tin design and construction.
“Since 1964, the character of this section of Flinders Parade has changed dramatically,” court documents said.
“The large vacant block on the corner of Flinders Parade and Fourteenth Avenue was subdivided and two new large modern houses were constructed thereon.
“An existing vacant parcel of land was developed with a more modern form of design and construction. Another larger lot was subdivided and developed with a large and modern house.
“The net result of all of this was that this section of Flinders Parade now comprises of 13 dwellings of which only four have been definitively identified as pre-1947 houses.”
Two Brisbane heritage architects, Malcolm Elliot and Michael Kennedy, gave evidence to Queensland’s Planning & Environment Court.
“The house is an isolated, lower quality example of pre-1947 residential construction within a section of the subject streetscape otherwise predominated by prestige bayside residences of contemporary design, materiality and detailing,” Mr Elliot testified.
“The retention of an isolated representation of traditional building character within an otherwise predominantly modern part of the streetscape is not considered to represent a concerning, meaningful or significant loss of any traditional building character.”
However, Mr Kennedy held a different view.
“[The subject house] makes an important contribution to the traditional building character in this section of Flinders Parade. It is prominent in the street and displays obvious traditional building character. It is one of four pre-1947 houses that together with a large house at 472-474 collectively impart traditional character to this section of Flinders Parade,” he said in his evidence.
However, Judge Richard Jones decided “the street no longer has a sufficient level of traditional character” and allowed Mr Hawke’s appeal against the original Brisbane City Council rejection.
Article Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au
Brisbane’s Office Market Greenlit for Business
Brisbane’s office market continues to shake off the pandemic doldrums with two new commercial towers approved in the CBD and fringe suburbs.
Property owner PGIM and development partner Indema’s plan for a bold adaptive reuse of a 1970s commercial building at 444 Queen Street has won approval.
The bronze 22-storey tower opposite Customs House will be stripped back to its core structure and completely remodelled with a new podium, curtain wall facade and an additional two-storey sculptural canopy.
Indema director Michael Bruderlin said they would be targeting a net zero certification for the building upon completion in the first quarter of 2024.
Article source: www.theurbandeveloper.com
Developer Pitches for $130m Shop-Top Housing on Bayside
Brisbane’s bayside could be going up in the world with plans for $130-million highrise shop-top housing in the heart of the seaside suburb of Wynnum.
Brisbane-based developer Hambros has lodged plans for a 21-storey apartment tower on the vacant lot neighbouring the Wynnum Central Shopping Centre, after winning approval for an small extension to the retail centre late last year.
The development comprises a 6-storey retail and commercial podium, with a 275-apartment tower above, backing on to Wynnum Central Park.
Hambros has reportedly spent about $14 million on revamping the Wynnum Central Shopping Centre on Bay Terrace, as part of a $74-million plan to rejuvenate Wynnum, including cinemas.
According to planning documents lodged with the Brisbane City Council, the tower will be made up of 54 one-bedroom apartments, 148 two-bedroom apartments, and 67 three-bedroom apartments, with six penthouses, which will have private rooftop space and their own pools.
The building height is well in excess of the allowable five to eight storeys in the Wynnum Manly Neighbourhood Plan, but town planners Gateway Survey and Planning argued the plan was “outdated” and should be overhauled.
The six-storey podium would contain two levels of parking, a retail tenancy at ground level, a floor of retail, with two storeys of commercial space for office, healthcare and events space on levels 5 and 6.
In a statement to the council Hambros director Justin Ham said the Wynnum CBD had been left behind “with no development occurring in the last 20 years”.
“Our project is designed to put Wynnum CBD on the ‘open for business’ map,” Ham said.
“This landmark development, with a construction cost estimated at $130 million will have a huge financial and community positive impact on the Wynnum CBD and surrounding areas.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifestime opportunity to create a beautiful space overlooking the best bay in the world.”
Ham said the development would bring much-needed foot traffic to the heart of the Wynnum CBD and help bolster businesses and landowners he said were struggling to remain profitable.
Taiwanese developer Shayher Group won approval for a masterplanned retail precinct at Wynnum Plaza with plans for 184 apartments across eight residential buildings as well as boutique cinemas and increased retail space, reportedly worth more than $100 million.
Work on the Wynnum Plaza redevelopment was due to commence later this year with a completion date hedged for 2024.
Article source: www.theurbandeveloper.com
More room in the Brisbane property price bubble but get ready for a reckoning, says bank
Brisbane’s house prices would continue to outpace the nation this year but a significant slump was near, according to the ANZ.
The bank’s economics team has revised its outlook for house prices and now tips a fall of about 3 per cent nationally this year followed by an 8 per cent fall next year. It had previously tipped a rise of 8 per cent this year and a fall of 6 per cent next year.
In Brisbane, the monthly growth rate has slipped down to about 2.5 per cent and ANZ expects a yearly rate this year of about 6 per cent with a fall of about 9 per cent next year.
The higher end of the market in Brisbane was also continuing to outpace the middle and lower price bracket in growth rates.
The downturn was being caused by higher interest rates and affordability issues and ANZ said the “wealth effect” would come into play which would spread the housing downturn to other areas of the economy.
“Falling house prices will weigh on consumer spending through the wealth effect, but high savings will provide a solid buffer,” ANZ said.
It expects the RBA cash rate to get to 2.35 per cent by mid-2023 while the market is tipping a 3.25 per cent. A cash rate of 2.35 per cent meant a variable rate mortgage of 4.75 per cent and a 3.25 per cent rate would increase variable loans to 5.65 per cent.
It said some people may struggle but forced selling because of higher interest rates was a low risk.
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