TriCare village plans on nose

Council wants detail on density, roads, odour

RETIREMENT village developer TriCare has been ordered to go back to the drawing board over a proposed 235-unit complex on the outskirts of Beerwah.
Sunshine Coast Council says the original application doesn’t comply with the local planning scheme, with concerns including the scale of the project, its lack of access to public transport, and the density of dwellings.
TriCare purchased the 32 hectare site last year for $21 million.
It lodged a development application earlier this year but in response council said that the site was intended to provide for large residential lot sizes that accommodate detached houses in a manner which are “sympathetic to the character of adjacent residential areas” and provide an appropriate transition and separation to the surrounding rural areas.
“It is not seen how a stand-alone Retirement facility on the site, at the scale proposed, could be integrated with the surrounding community,” the council stated.
“This is mainly because it is isolated on the periphery of the urban area, surrounded by rural lands to the north and west, conservation park to the east and environmental park to the south.
“Further, the layout does not include sufficient space to provide separation between dwellings that results in a building scale that is compatible with surrounding low density residential development.
The council wrote that it was concerned the development would not be well-connected to or integrated with the surrounding community.
The site is located about 1.5km from the town centre with no public transport services available.
TriCare has also been asked to address potential odour issues from the nearby Woodlands poultry farm.
The council said the design also lacks sufficient information regarding the proposed Newells Road upgrade.
“The submitted design drawings do not include a proposed connection to the existing road network to the south,” the council stated.
“It (also) does not demonstrate how the development would be integrated with the surrounding community, nor does it adequately address emergency access and resilience for the facility.”