Aveo’s Brisbane retirement village redevelopment attracts 500 objections

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The operator wants to demolish 74 units at their existing retirement village at Newmarket, 5km from the CBD, and build 297 units over five storeys, an area that is zoned low-density.

The original application received around 500 objections, while amended plans have now attracted over 200.

A local activist group Save Our Space (SOS) wants the revised plans to be brought before the full Council for a decision, calling them “absurdly out of scale”.

“For example, no cafe/restaurant and a requirement that the buildings are to present as two storeys and under 9.5m at the Free St frontage and northern site boundary,” SOS spokeswoman Cassandra Chadwick told the Courier-Mail.

However Aveo’s spokesperson said Aveo had designed the village in line with planning guidelines.

“The redevelopment will allow us to increase the level of care services provided and update the facilities in the community,” they said.

“This is a move that has been welcomed by many of the residents at Aveo Newmarket who encourage us to reflect the changing needs of our seniors.”

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