Valley Plan Taking Shape; Japanese Involvement Sees Development Get Green Light, with Work to Get under Way Again

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THE Ripley Valley development is set to go into overdrive, with Japanese house builder Sekisui House at the forefront of the expansion.

Civil works will begin in months with the public launch of 64 land parcels for sale set down for March 2013. The first homes will likely be built by the end of next year.

The first stage of a major shopping centre will be built within five years, with 120,000 people planned to be living in the new community within 25 years.

Sekisui House chairman and CEO Isami Wada met with Premier Campbell Newman and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale on Thursday to work out a plan of action to get the stalled development rolling.

Cr Pisasale emerged from the meeting and said Sekisui House and the council had C[pounds sterling]just received the full green light from the premierC[yen].

C[pounds sterling]What that means is that the premier has given the full powers of the ULDA (Urban Land Development Authority) to the council. If CEO Wada has a problem he will discuss it with the council and the local people,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]Council is back in charge of our own destiny and Premier Newman has put us in the driving seat.

C[pounds sterling]Three years of work has gone into making sure that they get it right and Sekisui House is exactly the kind of business partners that we want for Ipswich and Ripley Valley.

C[pounds sterling]We have got one of the best partners in the world. The planning is the best I have seen and will provide the blueprint for what follows.

C[pounds sterling]The development is right next to Swanbank Enterprise Park so you will be able to live, work and play in the Ripley Valley. Sekisui House is in charge of 2000 homes and will build a town centre the size of Indooroopilly. …