Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Glaring Inconsistencies; Draft Planning Scheme Adversely Affects Businesses in the Hanson Road Precinct

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Glaring Inconsistencies; Draft Planning Scheme Adversely Affects Businesses in the Hanson Road Precinct

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Byline: Ray White's Dale Ware

FOLLOWING on from my previous article, I think it is necessary to discuss one of the glaring inconsistencies in the new Draft Planning Scheme. The issue concerns the Hanson Road Precinct.

Under the Draft Planning Scheme, the Hanson Road Precinct will only be able to accommodate low-impact industries and motor vehicle sales and repair businesses.

The Hanson Road Precinct includes the linear development along both sides of Hanson Road and includes Drewe, Beckinsale, Gibson, Tranberg, Morgan, Lord, Chapple, Kingdon, Gray, Murray, Willmott, Palm Dr, Easterly, Crowe, Hilliard and Yarroon streets.

Currently the precinct is predominately commercial, retail and industrial uses, incorporating service industries, automotive, large and small showrooms/warehouses, offices, food outlets and shops.

The diversity of businesses operating in the Hanson Road Precinct has, over time, resulted in an important business hub for the Gladstone region. This diversity has resulted in a strong association and synergy among business owners, property owners and tenants.

The diversity is also attractive to customers who are able to visit several businesses in the precinct in the one trip.

The intent, under the Draft Planning Scheme, is that the precinct should only accommodate low-impact industries and motor vehicle sales and repair uses. This will have a detrimental affect on existing and future businesses and landowners in the precinct.

They will be impacted as follows:

Extension of existing retail, bulky goods and showroom businesses will not be supported by council.

Development of new retail, bulky goods and showroom businesses will not be supported by council.

Leasing to retail, bulky goods and showroom businesses will not be supported by council.

Land that is currently zoned commercial is changed to Low Impact Industry. …

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