Sandgate Road at Nundah Development Proposal Met Strong Opposition From Locals

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Over 2,000 residents responded to a petition to deny approval of a proposal for development of multiple dwellings and shopfronts on Sandgate Road at Nundah.

Petitioners requested for the denial of the development application “based on the negative impact to the aesthetic and economic value to Nundah and its residents.”

“This development does not fulfill a need for our suburb as there are already hundreds of unoccupied/unsold units in the area. Furthermore, it will negatively impact the Nundah community and its ‘village lifestyle’. This lifestyle is a large part of what makes this suburb so unique – including residents supporting local businesses.


The increase of units in the suburb and its saturation may also negatively impact the value of property in the area as has occurred in surrounding suburbs such as Chermside. While there may be a need in the future for increased housing or a change in commercial properties, this is not the case at the present time. We must protect and preserve our suburb and continue to support small businesses,” the petition said.

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The development application was lodged in January and is currently under assessment. The proposed development at the corner of Chapel Street and 1180-1192 Sandgate Road at Nundah is for a multiple dwelling consisting of 72 residential units above 12 retail tenancies. Designed by Mondo Architects, the proposal also includes the partial demolition of the former Henry Thomas Chemist Building, a local heritage place and a commercial character building.

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“An Information Request was issued by Council on 6 March 2018 stating that the proposal is not supported in its current form. The Information Request asks the applicant to respond to the matters raised including heritage impacts, building height, architectural design, streetscape interface, traffic impacts, parking, air quality, amenity impacts, landscaping, unit sizes and land use mix. The applicant has not yet responded to the Information Request,” says the Council’s response on the petition.

There have been 31 submissions as of 11 September. Most of the concerns raised were about the impact of the proposed development has on the character of the Nundah Village area and volume of traffic.

For updates regarding this development application DA004831430, click here.

1180-1192 Sandgate Road at Nundah