Has Toowoomba become too unit-centric?

UNIT construction is powering ahead in the city, but not all Toowoomba Regional Councillors believe it is for the best.

Council approved 120 new units in June, compared to just 51 new houses.

The figures are proof the boom is surviving beyond the end of an incentives program which slashed infrastructure costs for higher-density developments.

However, Cr Sue Englart was critical of the fetish for unit construction and said it caused anxiety in the community.

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"I've done some investigations, and do you know why the people of that street supported removing this house?" she asked.

"They're dead scared. Scared that a set of units is going to be whacked up on that block of land - just as the whole of Toowoomba is scared they're going to wake up one morning and find a block of units next door to them.

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"They would prefer to have a house there than a set of units."

Cr Englart said yesterday she was "blown away" by the number of units still being developed beyond the incentive program's expiration.

"I just wonder who is going to live in all these units. I think people are getting very worried."

Council's planning and development general manager Stewart Somers said the saturation point was a long way off and would be decided by the market.

He said more than half of new units were owned by residents living in Toowoomba.

"The market is a powerful indicator for these things."


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