Residents Plan Action Against Controversial West End Development

Residents are rallying together to take an active stance against a West End development that will impact Montague Road and the green spaces in Davies Park. 

Henroth Investments and Manly Properties submitted a revision to its development application (DA A005608649) detailing changes in the height of the residential towers and the site cover, or the areas with buildings and structures, on 281-297 Montague Road. 

The details of the changes are as follows:

OLD Development ProposalNEW Development Proposal
two 12-storey buildings
three six-storey buildings
food and drink outlets
602 car parks
Site Cover: 56 percent
two 26-storey towers
741 car parks
730 bike spaces
food and drink outlets
Site Cover: 38 percent

The current tallest building height in West End is 16 storeys, prompting the residents to lodge their opposition to the proposal.

“It’s proposed height will also set a precedence on Montague Rd, with future developers likely to point to it as a reason to raise current building height restrictions on Montague,” one unnamed resident wrote to Council. “This will have a real impact on unit prices in streets parallel to Montague, not to mention destroy the inner city village feel that attracts people here in the first place.”

Residents also said that the height of this development will encroach on Davies Park, where community and sports activities are usually underway, especially on weekends. However, the developer said that they will provide 0.4 hectares of green space if they will be allowed to increase the building’s height.

Photo Credit: Amy MacMahon-Greens MP for South Brisbane/Facebook

“To put this into context, the BCC City Plan says that for every 1,000 residents, there should be at least 1.4 hectares of public green space in the local area. 0.4 hectares isn’t even enough green space for the residents who will live in these new buildings. It won’t do anything to address the existing shortage of green space in the Kurilpa Peninsula,” Greens MP for South Brisbane Amy MacMahon shared on Facebook.  “I really don’t think we should have to choose between more traffic congestion and more crowded schools, or no new public parkland.” 

The community has been meeting regularly to discuss actions to ensure that this West End development application will not be approved. They also agreed to come up with options that will prevent future developments from going the same route. 

Crown Group To Launch First West End Development Project in 2021

Australian property developer, Crown Group, has opened a new office in Brisbane ahead of the group’s 2021 launch of their first West End development.

Crown Group announces its first project in Queensland

Crown Group said that the future West End development on 1.25ha of prime waterfront land situated at 117 Victoria Street will feature luxury apartments with a mix of terraces homes through to four-bedroom penthouses. Many of these apartments will offer river and city skyline views

Crown Group’ will also incorporate its signature resort-style facilities including a 25m pool, cabana and poolside lounges, barbecue facilities, gym, community room and breakout spaces.

Why did Crown Group choose Brisbane?

Development Director Trent McLauchlan, who came to Crown Group earlier this year, said that Brisbane is already set to reap the benefits of its major infrastructure and tourism projects including the $2 billion Queens Wharf development, Howard Smith Wharves, Cross River Rail, and Brisbane Airport’s new runway.

“Brisbane was set for a surge in property activity in early 2020 and since then housing data has shown the city is set to have the strongest recovery in Australia from COVID’s impact,” Mr McLauchlan said.

He furthered that based on indicators, Brisbane is set to return to a state of housing undersupply that will result in apartment prices pushing up. When conditions start to normalise, he expects demand to rise as interstate buyers start to come back and take advantage of the low interest rates, and as foreign buyers also take advantage of the strong exchange rate.

He said West End was chosen after much due diligence because it is one of Brisbane’s fastest growing suburbs with the population expected to grow more than four per cent each year.

“Its accessibility to the city as well as to cultural attractions including Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art and the Boundary Street spine as well as recreational drawcards such as Southbank and the river promenade make it highly appealing in terms of liveability.”

“All indicators point to growth ahead in West End and we expect that this luxurious riverfront sub-tropical escape will sell fast.”