QLD Planning and Environment Court upholds refusal of Boyneglade Property Developments’ massive lifestyle community

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A bid by Boyneglade Property Developments to overturn the rejection of a preliminary plan to build an integrated lifestyle community in rural Queensland has failed in the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland.

Gladstone Regional Council had refused to give Boyneglade Property Developments preliminary approval for a material change of use for a relocatable home facility, described as an “integrated retirement lifestyle development”, on 263ha of land next to Bruce Highway, 5km north of Benaraby, near Gladstone. On the opposite side of the Bruce Highway is Boyneglade Property Developments’s regional landfill facility and the Benaraby Motor Sport precinct, which hosts a range of motorsports clubs.

The developer took Gladstone Regional Council and 17 co-respondents to the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland. Judge William Everson, in his ruling, said the precise scope of the development was unclear and had failed to demonstrate a planning, community or economic need for the proposed development.